85 nations began competing today at the 50th QubicaAMF World Cup at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland, on Nov. 4. The field features 82 men and three nations that sent only woman competitors, including the Dominican Republic, Portugal, and the Virgin Islands. The first day of competition saw Germany's Tobias Börding leave the men's field in the dust, as his 261 average for five games in Squad B--a 1305 total consisting of games of 254, 275, 258, 267, and 251--was nearly 20 pins better than the next-highest competitor, Israel's Oron Cohen, who led Squad A with a 242 average and a five-game pinfall of 1210.
Cohen was a bit slow out of thee gate, with games of 224 and 198, but then posted a 788 series in his last three games, with scores of 254, 237, and 295. Team USA's Chris Barnes led Squad C to claim fourth place in the overall standings with a five game pinfall of 1178. Barnes bowled games of 258, 254, 209, 243, and 214 for a 235 average.
The women's side saw a similarly dominant performance from Liza del Rosario of the Philippines, who averaged 10 pins more than the next-closest competitor, Sweden's Rebecka Larsen. Del Rosario accumulated a five-game pinfall of 1195 with games of 244, 236, 213, 287, and 215, while Larsen shot 222, 237, 218, 226, and 246 for a total of 1149. Team USA's Brittni Hamilton sits in third.
Earlier today, Bowling Digital posted a video that looks at the unique styles of competitors on the women's side, which you can watch here.
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