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Thomas Larsen achieves perfection; leads top 16 men into match play


Thomas Larsen of Denmark had a slow start into the men’s singles bowling competition at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, Saturday morning at Sky Bowling, but closed out strong to earn the No. 1 seed for the match play finals in best-of-three games bracket system.

Larsen (above) started his six-game series with 214, 213 and 168 and closed with 279, 300 and 246 to tie Ricardo Lecuona (right) of Mexico at 1420, an average of 236.67. Larsen led the top 16 players into the Round of 16 and the Mexican earned the No. 2 seed due to the higher-last-game rule, which breaks the tie.

Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela had high games of 279 and 277 and finished just six pins behind in third place with 1414. Rounding out the top 4 was Kuek Qi En (left) of Singapore with 1401.

Cho Youngseon of Korea hit 1400 on the nose, good for fifth place overall. Defending World Games champion Osku Palermaa was further three pins behind to make the first cut in sixth place.

His compatriot and fellow World Champion in the five-player team event in 2013, Juhani Tonteri closed his set with back-to-back 248 games to weather a strong charge by Jeffrey van de Wakker, Netherlands, and to take the 16th and final spot to advance with 1353 and an average of 225.50.

Van de Wakker closed his series with 261, but fell short with 1339.

The 32 competitors bowled six games of qualifying to determine who advanced to match play. The top 16 bowlers return this afternoon to begin best-of-three match play single-elimination, bracket format.

The field is cut to eight and then for players who bowl for the medals. The winners of the semifinal matches bowl in the gold medal match and the losers meet in the bronze medal match.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the bowling events from July 21 through July 24, including reports, results and photos of each event.

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