Five-person Teams

August 19th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

In the 56-year history of World Championship play, the United States has won the five-person team event just four times, two

Team USA

of those golden efforts in th last two championships – in Busan, Korea in 2006 and in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008.

Needless to say, with their highly talented team performing so well this year on the Dream Bowl Palace lanes here in Munich, the American squad are out and out favorites to take the 2010 title.

Although the Koreans were well fancied as the main challengers to the Americans they have not performed up to expectations in the latter stages of these championships. Their star player Choi Bok-Eum did well to take the silver medal in the singles at the beginning of the week but the team has not fared so well since.

There are two squads scheduled on the lanes today (Thursday), playing three games each on the medium oil pattern. The teams return tomorrow for a further three games on the long condition.

The United States set the pace in the opening game to total 1142, four pins ahead of the Norwegians and fellow Scandinavians Finland held third with 1136.

An 1122 from the American’s second game saw them well and truly at the top of the tree, helped along by Tommy Jones’ 268. This gives the team a total of 2264 over the two games.

Finland come up into second place on 2199 and Norway drop to third with 2161.

In a vibrant media room with over 40 press representatives, the proposed headline buzzing around the circle of bustling hacks is something along the lines of  ‘A Stroll in the Park for the Americans’. Other suggestions include: ‘A Walk in the Park’.

The reason, of course, is that the quintet aiming at taking the team gold medal in three consecutive men’s world championships posted the high score for the opening three-game block of 3314, well short of the 3561 record set by Korea in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.

It is status quo from the second game as Finland (3285) stay runners-up to our Yankee friends and the Norsemen (3187) slot into third.

Finland’s two-handed delivery whizz-kid Osku Palermaa was the best player on the squad with a 725 series.

The second squad take to the lanes almost immediately after the medal presentation ceremony for last night’s trios finals which takes place close to 14:00 local time.

Challengers for the lofty heights of the morning scores saw Singapore do well in the Squad 2 opener with 1134. The Greeks held second place with 1100 and the much-fancied Koreans locked into third on 1091. The teams have to average 1105 each game to come to terms with the Americans.

Colombia

Singapore retained the squad lead after the second game, shooting 1043 for a two-game total of 2177. Then colombia replaced Greece as runners-up wuth 2114 and Korea held on to third on 2099.

So Singapore need 1137 in the final game of this squad to be on par with the Americans leaders.

Tomorrow will see all teams complete their six-game stint with three games on the long oil pattern.

FINAL SQUADS:
The teams now segue into the second round of play, three more games but this time on the long oil pattern. There are two squads, 08:00 and 13:30, local time (CET).

Colombia sent out a message of intent by posting the highest score in the first game of the second block with 1037/4134 overall. Then came Korea, still struggling to find their true form, 1019/4078 and Greece came third, 969/4057.

The Colombians kept things going in the next game, the penultime showdown, hitting 1049/5183 to lead the squad and hold fourth place in the overall standings. Singapore had a better game with 1045 and Lithuania came into the limelight for the first time by scoring 1027.

The Colombians failed to get into four figures in their final game, posting just 936, so their six-game total is only 6119 and that does not look good for the top four for the play-offs later this evening. They dropped to sixth in the overall standings when the preliminary results were published.

Korea, led by Choi Bok-Eum, improved to hit 1074 in their final game and Singapore’s 1004 brought them third place for the third game, but placed seventh in the table.

Matched along with Mexico on lanes 3/4 in the opening game of the final squad, the Americans began their stroll in the park to the medal positions with 1062, leaving them a total of 2805 to place as top seeds in the play-offs.

Gold medalists (Terence Yaw)

But the darned Yankees were not top scorers on the squad, that honor went to Sweden with 1094. All in all, there were eight teams on this squad with scores over 1000 in the first game.

Mathematians worked overtime as the scores in the tenth frame had six teams fighting for the four play-off positions.

The outcome? 1. Team USA 6376; 2. Finland 6358; 3. Germany 6226; 4. Colombia 6119.

The semi-finals will be contested between USA and Colombia and Finland versus Germany, the Americas versus Europe final for sure.

SEMI-FINALS AND FINAL

Team USA are heading for the their consecutive world championship five=person team gold medal as they take on Finland in the final of the 2010 play-offs.

The Americans defeated Colombia, 1048-970, in the one-game semi-final, played on the medium oil pattern.

Moment of victory (Terence Yaw)

In the other semi, Finland beat a heavily supported German quintet, 996-941, so the final will be

Jones seals the final

American zone versus Europe.

We never knew a five-person team final could be so exciting until this one came along. although the Americans built a lead of just over 80 sticks in the early phase the Finns came from behind to take a slim lead in the tenth frame but a strong finish from anchorman Tommy Jones gave the defending champions their third consecutive gold by the slim margin of 16 pins, 1073-1057.

“Bowling just doesn’t get much better than that,” was the opinion of several veterans of the press corps.

Gold: United States; Silver: Finland; Bronze: Germany and Colombia.

Full information and results on: www.bowling-wm.de

TOP 8 TEAMS AFTER 12 GAMES
(3 GAMES ON MEDIUM OIL, 3 ON LONG)

1. United States O’Neill, Bill 245 186 232 214 204 208 1289 214.83
Allen, Patrick 220 231 194 198 212 180 1235 205.83
Malott, Wes 207 225 212 644 214.67
Barnes, Chris 268 212 212 242 192 191 1317 219.50
Jones, Tommy 202 268 200 173 213 186 1242 207.00
Page, Rhino 235 222 192 649 216.33
Total
1142 1122 1050 1062 1043 957
6376

212.53
2. Finland Salonen, Petteri 231 214 270 191 177 192 1275 212.50
Jähi, Joonas 214 211 203 235 202 202 1267 211.17
Koivuniemi, Mika 240 194 197 207 174 209 1221 203.50
Uotila, Pasi 203 206 177 256 195 218 1255 209.17
Palermaa, Osku 248 238 239 184 213 218 1340 223.33

Total
1136 1063 1086 1073 961 1039
6358

211.93
3. Germany Konieczny, Bodo 205 203 184 178 236 191 1197 199.50
Baade, Marco 223 199 197 619 206.33
Winternheimer, Pascal 169 213 237 221 206 214 1260 210.00
Grabowski, Achim 190 163 227 203 244 234 1261 210.17
Nickel, Jens 224 216 189 152 228 280 1289 214.83
Holzapfel, Michael 196 213 191 600 200.00
Total
1011 994 1034 950 1127 1110
6226

207.53
4. Colombia Monroy, Jaime Enrique 226 201 182 200 254 204 1267 211.17
Romero, Jorge David 187 199 196 211 176 199 1168 194.67
Garcia, Fabio Augusto 207 222 212 176 156 182 1155 192.50
Otalora, Manuel Hernando 180 217 213 204 257 171 1242 207.00
Gomez, Jaime Andres 237 238 180 246 206 180 1287 214.50
Total
1037 1077 983 1037 1049 936
6119

203.97
5. Korea Choi, Bok-Eum 186 194 247 218 195 229 1269 211.50
Cho, Young-Seon 215 190 202 201 190 248 1246 207.67
Jang, Dong-Chul 255 232 192 191 161 200 1231 205.17
Kim, Jea-Hoon 234 197 197 187 214 194 1223 203.83
Kim, Tae-Young 201 195 122 518 172.67
Choi, Yong-Kyu 222 179 203 604 201.33


Total
1091 1008 960 1019 939 1074
6091

203.03
6. Chinese Taipei Cheng, Hsing-Chao 185 194 194 196 200 235 1204 200.67
Hung, Kun-Yi 238 204 217 220 202 202 1283 213.83
Wu, Hao-Ming 214 195 201 227 225 209 1271 211.83
Hsieh, Chin-Liang 236 196 160 233 205 176 1206 201.00
Lin, Chung-Hsien 217 185 170 572 190.67
Tsai, Ting-Yun 167 202 186 555 185.00

Total
1090 974 942 1043 1034 1008
6091

203.03
7. Canada Lessard, Jean-Sebastien 180 163 182 525 175.00
Nadeau, Guillaume 236 245 204 202 166 180 1233 205.50
Kovack, Jason 223 198 180 203 179 169 1152 192.00
Buffa, Mark 200 211 157 216 227 206 1217 202.83
Schmidt, Michael 206 276 210 218 240 193 1343 223.83
Oliver Jr., Art 212 224 168 604 201.33

Total
1045 1093 933 1051 1036 916
6074

202.47
8. Singapore Ng, Tiac Pin 223 213 180 193 215 241 1265 210.83
Wong, Mark 252 219 186 188 199 166 1210 201.67
Lim, Justin 179 166 195 540 180.00
Yeong-Nathan, Jason 235 222 183 161 212 192 1205 200.83
Ong, Remy 245 223 148 206 210 195 1227 204.50
Low, Basil 188 209 210 607 202.33

Total
1134 1043 892 936 1045 1004
6054

201.80

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