|World Mens Championships 2010|
|Written by Andy James|
|Saturday, 21 August 2010|
World Men's Championships 2010
Dream Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany
12th - 21st August
For the first time since 1960 and therefore exactly 50 years later, Germany will be the host of World Championships in bowling for adults again in 2010. It is with great pleasure that the German Bowling Federation welcomes all the World Tenpin Bowling Association member federations to this event.
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All the teams have arrived in Munich except for Pakistan, who hope to arrive later today in time for the singles event tomorrow.
The lane patterns were announced this morning at the team managers meeting, with the lengths of 38ft for the medium pattern and 45ft for the long.
The Dream Bowl Palace in Munich has been transformed over the last few days into a world class championship host centre, ensuring all in attendance will enjoy the event, but at the same time have gone to great lengths to cater for the worldwide viewers with the live scoring and web streaming on offer. The event will officially open tonight at 8pm with the opening ceremony as is tradition.
Fifty years ago in Germany, the World Tenpin Bowling Championships was held. Tonight, here in Dream Bowl Palace, the DBU (German Bowling Federation) and the WTBA officially opened the 2010 World Men's Championships with 358 participants from 66 countries. The last time this number was recorded was in Reno, 1995 when it broke the all-time record.
The German federation are visibly proud to be the host of this event, with the Dream Bowl Palace being the largest bowling centre in Europe and also home to the German Bowling Federation administration, it is evident they have pulled out all the stops to ensure we have one of the best World Championships yet. 52 lanes with no pillars, numerous restaurants, facility rooms, a viewing platform overlooking the lanes, along with excellent décor and facilities provide for a perfect host centre.
It is not surprising then to learn that deeply rooted in the hearts of the German bowlers lies the reason for organised play, rules and structure, since in 1952 a group of 8 European countries formed a governing body named the Federation Internationale Des Quilleurs (FIQ - Federation of International Bowlers), here in Germany (Hamburg).
Tonight the DBU put on a slick opening ceremony which ran to perfect time, backed by the 52 lanes of the Dream Bowl Palace, making the perfect stage for the 66 countries. Providing entertainment with a life size mascot "Kebowlino", along with "The Flames" cheer leading group and renowned German singer Camilla Breacka, both the watching crowd and the players enjoyed the occasion.
Franz Schwarz, the Mayor of Unterfohring, along with dignatories from the FIQ , WTBA and DBU gave opening speeches, with the whole affair finishing on time
Singles - 13th - 14th August 2010
Team England's John Wells and Ray Teece stepped up to lanes 3 and 4, for England's first competition bowling in the 2010 World Men's Championships at the Dream Bowl Palace just outside of Munich, Germany. Wells was able to put a consistent set of 6 games together starting out with a pair of 190's and a low game of 184, he ended up on a total score of 1196. Teece was a little more up and down, but ended his set well to finish on 1174.
The current leader is Nobuhito Fujii of Japan on 1347, just one pin in front of Dong-Chul Jang of Korea.
Team England's Matt Miller and Paul Moor were out in yesterdays late squad, Miller with 1224 and Moor took a high spot on the tables with a huge 1328. It was Pasi Uotila of Finland however that left everyone wondering if they would be able to match him, as not content with the tournaments first 300 in game 3, he continued his streak to end up on the current leading total of 1357.
Squad 4 saw Dom Barrett enter an incredible table topping score of 1395 to lead the singles tournament by just 3 pins ahead of Nok-Eum Choi of Korea. The last squad (number 5) is now under way, which will be followed by the top 4 entering into the finals to play for the medals. Chris Barnes of USA topped team-mate Bill O'Neil by 3 pins, helped somewhat by shooting a perfect 300, in game number 2.
The singles qualifying squads completed, with Dom Barrett retaining the lead position. A strong push from the UAE was threatening the top 2 positions, until both UAE players were unable to shoot 220's in their sixth game to oust any of the top 4.
The semi finals saw European star Dominic Barrett face PBA Star Bill O'Neil in a low-scoring single game affair, that saw both players struggle to find a strike. Barrett shot first ball counts of 8, 9, 8, 7 and 6 on lane 9, and came up short to O'Neil with a final score of 187 - 170 to the American.
In the other semi-final match, another PBA star by the name of Chris Barnes was to take on Korean Choi Bok-Eum to try and go up a place on the medal table. Both players put in star performances, but neither being able to re-create the scores that put them into the finals. The Korean being the eventual victor beating Barnes, 217 - 191.
In the final match, to decide the Gold and Silver medals, O'Neil and Bok-Eum were to perform in front of a packed arena at the Dream Bowl Palace, and nearly two thousand viewers watching the live web-cast.
Amid cheering from both the Korean and USA supporters, both players had a look of determination to win gold. The result being some tremendous bowling, which in turn pleased the crowd.
The game swung in O'Neils direction in the fourth frame when Bok-Eum left a 7 split, and was only able to take 2 of the remaining pins. From this point O'Neil shot five strikes over the next five frames, with Bok-Eum not finding a new line fast enough and losing to the American 244 - 202.
Doubles - 15th & 16th August 2010
Doubles competition got under way on Sunday, seeing Team England's John Wells and Raymond Teece out in the first squad and Stuart Williams with Matt Miller in the second. The field was dominated by USA once again, who are currently laying in 3rd and 4th place, whilst Malaysia are sitting in 2nd. Sweden's Martin Paulsson and Mathias Årup strung together a total series of 2621 to give them the current top spot with the two Monday squads to play.
Paul Moor and Dominic Barrett headed out for England in the final doubles squad, aiming to seal a place in the finals. Like most of the teams out in the last squad, the scores were hard to come by in a very low scoring six games. Moor managed to overcome with 61 over, whilst Barrett was unable to find the same form he had in the singles event - ending on 152 under.
In fact with the best of the best out in squad 5, none of them were able to match the scores of those in any of the previous squads. Sweden then will play USA in the semi-finals, along with Malysia who will play the home nation Germany. A full crowd is expected to fill the seats for the finals, which will begin at 6pm local time.
Sweden - Doubles World Champions
An absolutely packed arena at Dream Bowl Palace saw Sweden against Malaysia in the Doubles finals, competing for the World Championship. Malaysia's Alex Liew and Muhamad Nur Aiman, fresh from beating the hosts, Germany faced Sweden's Martin Paulsson and Mathias Arup who had just conquered the reigning champions USA (Rhino Page and Patrick Allen).
The match started out with the Malaysians slipping ahead, though the tables turned around midway through the game with Liew being able to strike only once in the final 6 frames. Sweden capitalised and came from behind, with Paulsson just needing to double in the tenth to secure victory. A perfect shot from the hand of Martin Paulsson set a look of disappointment upon the Malaysians as the Europeans leapt in the air, victorious in their quest for the Gold medal
Trios - 17th & 18th August 2010
The trios competition got under way with squad 1 on Tuesday morning, with all teams hopeful of putting their stamp on the top four who will make the finals on Wednesday evening. The trios are being played in 2 blocks of 3 games each, 3 on medium and 3 on long oil. The 1st block being played on medium oil. Team England are competing in squads 1 and 2, with Paul Moor, Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett shoeing up in the first squad. Korea, Malysia and USA are all favourites for the top spots.
The trios qualifying completed with Italy and USA fighting for the 4th spot in the semi-finals. USA's Wes Mallott needed to at least spare in the tenth frame to lock-out the Italians. 3 strikes from the American sealed the deal, and with the other USA team already seeded in 1st, the first round of the Semi-Finals will see USA vs USA and Chinese Taipei vs Mexico. The USA team of Tommy Jones, Bill O'Neil and Chris Barnes (pictured right), broke the trios 3-game record of 2121 when they shot 2196, smashing the 11 year old record by 75 pins.
A nail-biting semi finals between both USA trios teams came down to a tie of 590 a piece when Tommy Jones struck in the final ball of the tenth frame. The 9th/10th frame roll-off to decide who would go through to the final match was fought out between Wes Malott and Bill O'Neill, A tense atmosphere in the packed arena saw both players make a 9 spare for their ninth frame. On the first ball of the tenth, O'Neill landed a 4-9 split which he was unable to spare. Malott followed by striking out in the tenth, ending 50-27 to send his team to the championship match.
In the other semi-final match, Chinese Taipei vs Mexico was not as close with Mexico winning by a mile.
In the final match, Mexico took on the mighty USA with all to play for. The Americans were looking for the Gold medal with every ball, and managed to up their game from the previous match. The Mexicans gave all they could but were unable to match the oppositions desire, the second two players failing to break 150 and eventually losing the match by 136 pins, 650 - 514. This gave USA another Gold, and the second time in the 2010 WMC that the 4th seed has taken the crown.
Team Event - 19th & 20th August 2010
The team event got underway on Thursday morning, playing three games on the medium oil pattern, which will be followed on Friday, with another three games on the long oil pattern. USA will be looking to repeat their previous gold winning performance from the previous WMC held in Bankgkok,2008. Judging by the previous medals this year, they stand a very good chance, though their are many teams looking to thwart their efforts and take the top-spot themselves.
With the first squad just completed, the USA have already posted the score to aim for, with a 220.93 team average they entered a total of 3314 for their 3 games on the medium oil.
England are out in good spirits in squad two, aiming to secure a spot in the top 4, Belgium currently sitting on the 4th line bubble on a score of 3088. The Korean team is also out in this squad, and after a disappointing second half of the tournament thus far, they will be looking for redemption in the all important team medals.
At the end of day one, each team has completed 3-games on the medium oil pattern, with a further 3 games to play Friday on the long oil. USA held their mammoth score from the first squad, with Finland, Norway and Colombia filling the next 3 spots. Colombia's 3097 total setting the bar to qualify for the finals. Korea bowled well and looked in contention, until a 960 in the third game landed them a 3059 total and ninth place. England are currently sitting in 19th place with a 2945 total.
Play starts early tomorrow (Friday) at 8am local time, when we will see Squad 1 take to the lanes followed by Squad 2 at 1.30pm. The finals will start at 7.30pm and will be streamed live over the web. Click on the Live Streaming tab above to follow the action, and recap on all the previous sessions.
Three In A Row For The USA Show!
In an incredible final, played out to an unbelievably large crowd, Team USA took on Finland after each team won their semi-final matches. USA knocked out Colombia, Finland did the same to the hosts Germany.
The match started out close, each frame being closely matched by each team. As one would leave an open or a split, the other would follow. With each ball the intensity within each team grew, the teams putting on an exuberant performance, which in turn made the cheers from the crowd louder and louder.
As the USA begun to gain on the Finns in the fifth frame, both Osku Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi begun a string of strikes to fight their teams way back into the game.
Entering the tenth frame, just a few pins separated the two teams. Wes Malott of USA struck out to finish on 245 and swing the lead to his side, Koivuniemi throwing a double in the tenth to equal Malott's 245.
The tenth frame came down to the last two players, Tommy Jones, USA and Osku Palermaa, Finland. Palermaa stepped up first, needing to strike. A great shot from the two-hander landed his target and ten pins fallen.
Jones up next, matching with a strike and forcing Palermaa to double. Again the Finn stepped up, and again he needed to strike to keep his team alive.
The ball again headed toward the pocket, but came up light leaving the 4 pin. Another strike from Jones sealed the deal for the Americans, giving them the most coveted medal of the entire event for the third time in a row.
The top 16 players from the all-events scores compete in a best-of-five matchplay finals, to determine the final medals of the tournament. In each round, the highest seed plays against the lowest seed, then the next highest plays the next lowest etc.
In the first round, the matches were:
The All American final match between Chris Barnes and Patrick Allen was promised to be a good one, and it didn't dissapoint one bit. Played over two conditions - the left lane with the long pattern, the right with the medium, play took place with each game taking place on one lane, swapping lanes each game.
Barnes, the highest seed chose to start on the medium pattern and bowled first, using a Columbia Full Swing, Patrick Allen using a Hammer Vibe. Both players seemed to struggle in game one, but managed to pull through with Barnes picking up a little earlier and beating Allen 213 to 188.
Game two saw the pair move to the long oil pattern, Barnes leaving an 8 count on the first ball, and picking off one of the remaining pins led Allen to capitalise with a strike. Barnes however struck in the second frame, and didn't stop doing so until a 9 count with the first ball in the tenth frame. Allen stayed clean throughout, but was unable to match the strike count and landed another defeat - Barnes winning 257 - 236.
The last game saw the pair move back onto the medium pattern, both players opening with a 2 strikes a piece. In the 3rd frame , Allen stepped up and left 2 pins standing with a light hit in the pocket, whilst Barnes answered with a strike. Then Barnes answered again with strikes up to the 10th frame. Allen was down and out by frame 6, and waved the white flag of surrender, throwing a few jokes to the onlooking crowd and tv cameras.
Stepping up in the 10th frame with the first 9 strikes in the bag, Barnes was looking for the magic TV 300, and a flush shot on the first ball made for 10 strikes. Looking confident, he took the second shot for 11, a stone 9 pin disallowing Barnes the opportunity to add to his collection of perfect games. A spare to give him a 289 total was enough to win the third point from Allen and giving him the gold medal.
Team USA have shown an almost total dominance in the entire championships, earning Gold in every event other than the doubles, where they picked up Bronze.
The next World Men's Championships, was originally due to take part in 2012, but this will now be a year off to allow team qualifying and preparation for the combined men's and women's championships in 2013. The venue for the combined championships is due to be announced December 2, 2010.
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Overall Medals Table