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Syafiq Ridhwan makes history in 48th Bowling World Cup


2012BWCMarshallKent2a.jpg2012BWCChampionHollowayCheahSyafiqRidhwan.jpgSyafiq Ridhwan of Malaysia followed in the foot prints of women’s champion Shayna Ng when the No. 3 seed won two matches to capture the men’s title of the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday evening at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

In the title match in best-of-three games format, Ridhwan (pictured left with coach Holloway Cheah) swept tournament leader Marshall Kent (right) of the United States, two-games-to-none, to become the first ever Malaysian World Cup champion in the 48-year history of the event.

Ridhwan, who beat out UAE’s Hareb Al-Mansoori by 30 pins for the third and last place in the stepladder final due to the higher match play bonus, won the first game, 236-225, and sealed the victory with 237-221 win in game two.

2012BWCAndresGomez.jpgThe 20-year-old Team USA member, who held a 78-pin lead after match play with a 227.47 average for 36 games, had to settle for second place.

In the opening match of the three-player stepladder finals, Ridhwan was down 1-0 against No. 2 seed Andres Gomez (left) as the Colombian took the first game by two pins, 236-234. Ridhwan leveled the match with a 224-201 and posted a big game to win the deciding third game, 258-213.

It was the second third-place finish for Colombia’s first and only PBA champion after the 2007 World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.

For more photos, go to Bowlingdigital’s Photo Album (© Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler).

2012BWCLogo_small.jpgThe 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup was held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marked the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland.

151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participated in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women’s division featured two squads (A and B).

All players bowled four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. After 20 games, the field was cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advanced to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field was paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals.

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48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup is underway in Poland

48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Stepladder Finals

Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland (Dec. 1, 2012)

Championship Round:
1. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1189 (5 games)
2. Marshall Kent, United States, 446 (2 games)
3. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 650 (3 games)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match: #3 Ridhwan def. #2 Gomez, 2-1
(234-236, 224-201, 258-213)
Championship: Ridhwan def. #1 Kent, 2-0
(236-225, 237-221)

Men’s Round of 8

The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Final Standings

1. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia
2. Marshall Kent, United States
3. Andres Gomez, Colombia
4. Hareb Al-Mansoori, UAE
5. Takashi Taniai, Japan
6. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany
7. Matt Chamberlain, England
8. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine
9. James Gruffman, Sweden
10. Michael Schmidt, Canada
11. Jarmo Ahokas, Finland
12. Mads Sandbækken, Norway
13. Guy Caminsky, South Africa
14. Rolando Antonio Sebelén, Dominican Republic
15. Jimmy Ravez, Belgium
16. Sergey Andreev, Russia
17. Magnus Magnusson, Iceland
18. Mathieu Bergès, Switzerland
19. Mise Mrkonjic, Croatia
20. Derek Lee, Macau
21. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece
22. Arturs Levikins, Latvia
23. Ghalib Albusaidi, Oman
24. Benjamin Coupland, Australia
25. Adam Shrubb, Gibraltar
26. Thierry Sacco, France
27. Gyorgy Bodis, Hungary
28. Fabian Lopez, Mexico
29. Moises Perez Ibanez, Catalonia
30. Kert Truus, Estonia
31. Rowen Jay Bautista, Philippines
(tie) Mohammed Al-Najrani, Saudi Arabia
33. Phoemphun Yakasem, Thailand
34. Pawel Bielski, Poland
35. Tony O’Hare, Northern Ireland
36. Michell Stinissen, Netherlands
37. Andreas Christoforou, Cyprus
38. Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar
39. Francisco Rodriguez, Spain
40. James Kelly, New Zealand
(tie) Steven Gill, Scotland
42. Keith Saw, Singapore
43. Giorgio Clinaz, Venezuela
44. Amedeo Spada, Italy
45. Dhruv Sarda, India
46. Adrian Reyes, Chile
47. Benjamin Kubalek, Austria
(tie) Seyed Azizollah, Iran
49. Nati Volfart, Israel
50. Taygun Erkeskin, Turkey
51. Mohamed El-Serafy, Egypt
52. Joshua Chow, Hong Kong
53. Paulo Lopes, Portugal
54. Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgaria
55. Adolfo Vargas, Peru
56. Josko Hlede, Slovenia
57. Horacio Bustos, Argentina
58. Jiri Hindrak, Czech Republic
(tie) Yuriy Sazonov, Kazakhstan
60. Claudio Goto, Brazil
61. Elkhan Feyzullayev, Azerbaijan
62. Garry Hale, Guernsey
63. Ammar Yamin, Jordan
64. Martin Slavkovský, Slovakia
65. Kestutis Gudauskas, Lithuania
66. Maher Aneed, Iraq
67. Bekzod Tukhtaniyazov, Uzbekistan
68. Lyndon Walters, Wales
69. Steeve Calumey, French Guiana
70. Arpad Vass, Romania
71. Andres Valverde, Costa Rica
72. Steeve Thia, Mauritius
73. Nathan Jarvis, Jersey
74. Siarhei Tazin, Belarus
75. Bayarkhuu Sambuu, Mongolia
76. Stephane Severin, Reunion
77. Marcio Jesus, Azores
78. Simon English, Ireland
79. Marin Tranier, New Caledonia
80. Redha El-Fezzani, Libya
81. Khaled Meziou, Tunisia
82. Fekadu Asrat, Ethiopia

Herbert Bickel

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