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WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships

The World Tenpin Bowling Championships is a global event that invites all countries that are members of the World Bowling to participate.

Event details and history

The event is held every two years and is split into 2 separate tournaments, one for men and one for women. These events are held alternately every year in different countries. Until 2005, the two events were always played at the same time, however, due to the growth of the championships in recent years it was decided to split the event up into separate men's and women's championships.

Players compete for medals in 6 different categories. Every bowler plays 24 games with 6 games in each category. The top 3 in each of the following categories are awarded medals:

  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Trios
  • Team Event

After the conclusion of these events, the all-events medals are presented to the top 3 bowlers who have accumulated the most pinfall over the 24 games. This category is regarding as the most prestigious medal in world bowling.

The final medals are decided in the Masters category. The Masters event now comprises the top 24 bowlers from the all-events category. Top 24 bowlers bowl 6 games of qualifying with all-events pinfall carried over, with the top 8 after 30 games advancing to the next round. The next round of the masters is a round robin match play with 20 bonus pins for a win and 10 bonus pins for a tie. The top 4 with the highest pinfall total plus bonus pins advance to the semifinals. In the semifinals, the number one seed bowls the fourth seed and the second seed bowls the third seed. Semifinal matches are one game matches. The semifinal losers will share the bronze medal. The finals are a one game match between the semifinal winners to determine the gold and silver medalists.

Format

The format for the Championships has changed many times throughout its history. In the early years of the championships, men competed in 4 different categories, Doubles, 4-man team, 8-man team and masters. Up until 1963 women did not participate in the event. The first year that women did take part, they competed in 4 different categories, doubles, four-person team (European Style), four-person team (American Style) and masters. This is the only time the "European Style" has been used in the championships. In the following championships the European style four-person team was replaced with the five-person team event (American Style) and was used until 1979. Since 1979 both men and women have competed in the same categories that are used in the championships today. The masters event has only recently changed with the onset of the championships splitting into 2 different events. Up until 2005 the top 16 would bowl a 16-game Round Robin with the top 3 bowlers after the 16 games advancing through to a stepladder final. From 2005 to 2011, the masters was played using the matchplay style, best of 5 format. Beginning in 2013, the top 24 men and women in All-Events advanced to the Masters event. All players will bowl six games with the All-Events total carried forward. The top 8 after 30 games advance to seven games of round robin match play, where 20 bonus points are awarded for a won match and 10 bonus points for a tied match. The top 4 advance to the semifinals, which is a one-game match, 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. The semifinal losers will earn a bronze medal. The semifinal winners advance to a one-game final match to determine gold and silver medals.

Dual pattern format

Since 2005 the championships have adopted the "dual pattern format" lane conditions, more commonly known as the "short" and "long" lane patterns. The "short" pattern is oiled to approximately 35 feet from the foul line and the "long" oiled to approximately 45 feet from the foul line. Each bowler at the championships will bowl an equal amount of games on the 2 patterns. In the masters, each match is played on alternating lane patterns with the highest seed having the choice of which pattern to start on.

The concept of having 2 different lane patterns is to force the bowlers to be more versatile in the championships. The 2 different lane patterns forces the bowlers to attack each pattern from different angles, using different styles of play, such as ball speed, hand position and ball choice. It has been argued that in previous championships around the world, using 1 pattern for the whole event would suit certain bowlers over others, which was deemed as being unfair. It was agreed that having 2 different lane conditions would be a fairer way of determining the best bowlers at the championships. Many other championships around the world have also adopted this format, such as the Men's and Women's European Championships, the Asian Games, the World Ranking Masters, The Commonwealth Championships and the Asian Championships.

Medal history

Women's medal table[1]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px United States 23 23 21 67
2 Template:Country data South Korea 11 6 8 25
3 23x15px Sweden 6 12 8 26
4 23x15px Philippines 6 3 2 11
5 23x15px Australia 4 6 8 18
6 23x15px Finland 4 6 5 15
7 23x15px Germany 4 5 5 14
8 Template:Country data Japan 4 4 5 13
9 23x15px Malaysia 4 5 3 12
10 23x15px Mexico 4 4 4 12
11 23x15px Chinese Taipei 4 2 2 8
12 23x15px Denmark 3 1 8 12
13 23x15px England 3 1 4 8
14 23x15px Canada 3 4 0 7
15 23x15px Colombia 2 2 3 7
16 23x15px Puerto Rico 1 0 2 3
17 23x15px China 1 1 0 2
18 23x15px Thailand 1 0 1 2
19 23x15px Singapore 0 5 3 8
20 23x15px Venezuela 0 0 4 4
=21 23x15px Austria 0 0 1 1
=21 23x15px Belgium 0 0 1 1
=21 23x15px France 0 0 1 1
=21 Template:Country data Hong Kong 0 0 1 1
=21 23x15px Latvia 0 0 1 1
=21 23x15px South Africa 0 0 1 1

Men's medal table[2]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 23x15px United States 28 22 20 70
2 23x15px Sweden 19 12 11 42
3 23x15px Finland 11 16 14 41
4 Template:Country data South Korea 8 7 15 30
5 23x15px England 5 2 4 11
6 23x15px Australia 5 1 6 12
7 23x15px Chinese Taipei 4 1 2 7
8 23x15px Mexico 3 7 7 17
9 23x15px Canada 3 3 2 8
10 23x15px Netherlands 3 2 5 10
11 23x15px Germany 2 5 8 15
12 23x15px Philippines 2 3 1 6
13 23x15px Belgium 2 3 0 5
14 23x15px Singapore 2 2 0 4
15 23x15px Venezuela 1 3 6 10
16 23x15px Norway 1 3 4 8
17 23x15px Malaysia 1 2 2 5
18 23x15px France 1 1 4 6
19 23x15px Colombia 1 1 2 4
20 23x15px Denmark 1 1 1 3
21 23x15px Puerto Rico 1 1 0 2
22 23x15px Qatar 1 0 1 2
23 Template:Country data Japan 0 6 2 8
24 23x15px United Arab Emirates 0 1 3 4
=25 23x15px Guam 0 0 1 1
=25 23x15px Italy 0 0 1 1
=25 Template:Country data Kuwait 0 0 1 1

Medal winners

Please see List of WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships medalists.

World Championship Records

Men

Category Record Player Country Event Year/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Rick Steelsmith 23x15px United States Trios 1987, Helsinki, Finland 23x15px
Rolando Sebelen Sr. 23x15px Dominican Republic Doubles 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Steve Thornton 23x15px England Doubles
Andres Gomez 23x15px Colombia Doubles
Ahmed Shaheen 23x15px Qatar Trios
Amedeo Spada 23x15px Italy Singles 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23x15px
Anders Öhman 23x15px Sweden Doubles
Darren Cundy 23x15px England Team
Kimmo Lehtonen 23x15px Finland (Make-up) Team
Martin Larsen 23x15px Sweden Round Robin
Antonis Evaggelidis 23x15px Greece Trios 2006, Busan, South Korea Template:Country data South Korea
Bill Hoffman 23x15px United States Team
Biboy Rivera 23x15px Philippines Masters Final
Pasi Uotila 23x15px Finland Singles 2010, Munich, Germany 23x15px
Chris Barnes 23x15px United States Singles
Bodo Konieczny 23x15px Germany Singles 2013, Henderson, USA 23x15px
Luis Eduardo Rovaina 23x15px Venezuela Singles
Bill O'Neill 23x15px United States Singles
Chris Barnes 23x15px United States Doubles
Park Jong-Woo Template:Country data South Korea Doubles
Tore Torgersen 23x15px Norway Trios
Achim Grabowski 23x15px Germany Team
Hareb Al Mansoori 23x15px UAE Team
Ricardo Lecuona 23x15px Mexico Team
Individual 3 Game Series 826 Kimmo Lehtonen 23x15px Finland Singles 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Individual 6 Game Series 1541 Jason Belmonte 23x15px Australia Doubles 2006, Busan, South Korea Template:Country data South Korea
Individual 24 Game All-Events 5635 Tore Torgersen 23x15px Norway 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game 300 Amedeo Spada 23x15px Italy 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23x15px
Pasi Uotila 23x15px Finland 2010, Munich, Germany 23x15px
Chris Barnes 23x15px United States
Bodo Konieczny 23x15px Germany 2013, Henderson, USA 23x15px
Luis Eduardo Rovaina 23x15px Venezuela
Bill O'Neill 23x15px United States
Singles - 3 Games 826 Kimmo Lehtonen 23x15px Finland 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Singles - 6 Games 1524 Remy Ong 23x15px Singapore 2006, Busan, South Korea Template:Country data South Korea
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game 599 Jaime Monroy
Andres Gomez
23x15px Colombia 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Doubles - 3 Games 1514 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
23x15px Sweden 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23x15px
Doubles - 6 Games 2906 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
23x15px Sweden 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23x15px
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game 778 Antti-Pekka Lax
Lasse Lintilä
Ari Halme
23x15px Finland 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Trios - 3 Games 2196 Bill O'Neill
Chris Barnes
Tommy Jones
23x15px United States 2010, Munich, Germany 23x15px
Trios - 6 Games 4144 Mike Fagan
Sean Rash
Marshall Kent
23x15px United States 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Team Records
Team - 1 Game 1309 Mario Quintero
Luis Kassian
Ricardo Lecuona
Roberto Silva
Alejandro Cruz
23x15px Mexico 2013, Henderson, USA 23x15px
Team - 3 Games 3563 Park Jong-Woo
Choi Bok-Eum
Hong Hae-Sol
Shin Seungh-Yeon
Kim Kyung-Min
Template:Country data South Korea 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Team - 6 Games 6917 Park Jong-Woo
Kang Hee-Won
Choi Bok-Eum
Hong Hae-Sol
Shin Seungh-Yeon
Kim Kyung-Min
Template:Country data South Korea 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px

Women

Category Record Player Country Event Year/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Cha Mi-Jung Template:Country data South Korea Trios 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE 23x15px
Kim Yeau-Jin Template:Country data South Korea Doubles 2007, Monterrey, Mexico 23x15px
Kirsten Penny 23x15px England Team
María Rodríguez 23x15px Colombia Doubles 2009, Las Vegas, USA 23x15px
Kelly Kulick 23x15px United States Singles 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Caroline Lagrange 23x15px Canada Trios
Shannon O'Keefe 23x15px United States Trios
Britt Brøndsted 23x15px Denmark Team
Shayna Ng 23x15px Singapore Masters 1st Round
Shannon Pluhowsky 23x15px United States Masters Finals
Kelly Kulick 23x15px United States Doubles Semifinals 2013, Henderson, USA 23x15px
Individual 3 Game Series 812 Jacqueline Sijore 23x15px Malaysia Singles 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Individual 6 Game Series 1601 Shayna Ng 23x15px Singapore Singles 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Individual 24 Game All-Events 5744 Mai Ginge Jensen 23x15px Denmark 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game 300 Kelly Kulick 23x15px United States 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Singles - 3 Games 812 Jacqueline Sijore 23x15px Malaysia 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Singles - 6 Games 1601 Shayna Ng 23x15px Singapore 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game 556 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
23x15px United States 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Doubles - 3 Games 1536 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
23x15px United States 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Doubles - 6 Games 2901 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
23x15px United States 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game 802 Stefanie Nation
Shannon Pluhowsky
Shannon O'Keefe
23x15px United States 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Trios - 3 Games 2165 Esther Cheah
Zandra Aziela
Jacqueline Sijore
23x15px Malaysia 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Trios - 6 Games 4232 Hwang Sun-Ok
Jeon Eun-Hee
Son Yun-Hee
Template:Country data South Korea 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Team Records
Team - 1 Game 1262 Nadine Geisler
Vanessa Timter
Juliane Rieger
Birgit Pöppler
Patricia Luoto
23x15px Germany 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China
Team - 3 Games 3491 Stefanie Nation
Missy Parkin
Shannon O'Keefe
Kelly Kulick
Liz Johnson
23x15px United States 2013, Henderson, USA 23x15px
Team - 6 Games 6750 Nadine Geisler
Vanessa Timter
Juliane Rieger
Janine Ribguth
Birgit Pöppler
Patricia Luoto
23x15px Germany 2011, Template:Country data HKG Hong Kong, China

Previous & future championships

From 2005 the Men's and Women's Championships have been held as separate events on alternating years. 2013 saw a return of the combined World Championships, the first since 2003. The combined World Championships will be held every four years starting with the 2013 edition. World Bowling has announced that Abu Dhabi will host the Women's World Championships in 2015 (the last was in 2011), Kuwait City to host the combined World Championships in 2017, Hong Kong to host the Men's World Championships in 2018, and Las Vegas to host the Women's World Championships in 2019.[1]

A new event, WTBA World Singles Championships for men and women, was held for the first time in Limassol, Cyprus from September 18-26, 2012 and will be held every four years, the next edition scheduled in 2016. With this new event, WTBA will stage a world championship event every year.

Year City Country Women Men Total
1954 Helsinki 23x15px Finland - 58 58
1955 Essen 23x15px West Germany - 64 64
1958 Helsingborg 23x15px Sweden - 99 99
1960 Hamburg 23x15px West Germany - 102 102
1963 Mexico City 23x15px Mexico 45 132 177
1967 Malmö 23x15px Sweden 84 161 225
1971 Milwaukee 23x15px United States 103 268 371
1975 London 23x15px England 152 271 423
1979 Manila 23x15px Philippines 146 175 321
1983 Caracas 23x15px Venezuela 175 206 381
1987 Helsinki 23x15px Finland 196 230 426
1991 Singapore 23x15px Singapore 196 280 476
1995 Reno 23x15px United States 253 358 611
1999 Abu Dhabi 23x15px United Arab Emirates 255 345 600
2003 Kuala Lumpur 23x15px Malaysia 234 348 582
2005 Aalborg 23x15px Denmark 216 - 216
2006 Busan Template:Country data South Korea - 247 247
2007 Monterrey 23x15px Mexico 227 - 227
2008 Bangkok 23x15px Thailand - 333 333
2009 Las Vegas 23x15px United States 228 - 228
2010 Munich 23x15px Germany - 356 356
2011 Hong Kong Template:Country data Hong Kong 171 - 171
2013 Henderson 23x15px United States 212 216 428
2014 Abu Dhabi 23x15px United Arab Emirates - 272 272
2015 Abu Dhabi 23x15px United Arab Emirates -
2017 Kuwait City Template:Country data Kuwait - -
2018 Hong Kong Template:Country data Hong Kong -
2019 Las Vegas 23x15px United States -

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