WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships

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

World Bowling is the world governing body of nine-pin and ten-pin bowling. WB was founded in 1952 in Hamburg, Germany by officials of the International Bowling Association to foster worldwide interest in amateur ten-pin and nine-pin bowling, as well as international friendship by encouraging world and zone tournaments and other competition between bowlers of different countries. WB has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee since 1979 as the governing body for bowling sports. Starting with five member federations in 1952, it grew to 141 in 2010.

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Event details and history

The first World Championships was in 1954, held in Helsinki where 58 men from 7 federations took part. The next three World Championships (1955, 1958, and 1960) only had men participating. Women first participated in the 1963 World Championships in Mexico City. From 1963 to 2003, the World Championships were conducted every fourth year. From 2005 to 2013, to accommodate the growing number of federations taking part in the World Championships, the World Championships was split into separate events for men and women. Men had their World Championships in 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2013; while the women had their World Championships in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011. In 2009, it was decided to re-introduce the World Championships (Men/Women Combined), to be held every fourth year with 36 countries for men and 36 countries for women. 2013 was the first combined World Championships since 2003. [1]

Format

The format for the championships has changed many times throughout its history. In the early years of the championships, men competed in four 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 events that are used in the championships today (Singles, Doubles, Trios, Five-person team event, and Masters). After the conclusion of these events, the all-events medals are presented to the top three bowlers (men/women) who have accumulated the most pinfall over the 24 games. [1]

The medalists for these events except the Masters from 1979 to 2007 were determined by total pinfall. Beginning in 2008, a medal round was introduced for singles, doubles, trios, and 5 five person team event. The Medal round consisted of the top four qualifiers playing a knockout format to determine the medalists (1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3, winners of those matches face each other in the final). Beginning in 2017, the five-person team event was modified. Qualifying was still all five players bowl ten frames each with their scores added together to determine the overall score. In the medal round, the five players bowl a best of 3 baker format, where players bowl in order one frame each (frames 1-5) and repeat the order from frames 6-10.

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. From 2013-2015, 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. In 2017, the masters format (still consisting of top 24 men and women) reverted to matchplay style, best of 3.

Dual pattern format

In 2005 the World Championships adopted the "dual pattern format" lane conditions. The two patterns are chosen from a bank of oil patterns certified by World Bowling. These oil patterns are classified as "short", "medium", and "long". Each bowler at the championships will bowl an equal number of games on the two 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 two different lane patterns is to force the bowlers to be more versatile in the championships. The two different lane patterns force 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 one pattern for the whole event would suit certain bowlers over others, which was deemed as being unfair. It was agreed that having two 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. World Bowling announced in December 2015 only one lane pattern will be used for the entirety of future World Championships, ending the dual pattern format. [2]

Championships

World Bowling Executive Board have awarded the 2021 Combined World Championships hosting rights to Kuwait. Hong Kong will host the Men's World Championships in 2018, and Las Vegas will host the Women's World Championships in 2019. [3]

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 subsequently every four years. With this new event, WTBA will stage a World Championship event every year.

NumberYearCityCountryWomenMenTotalEvents
1 1954 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland -58584
2 1955 Essen Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany -64644
3 1958 Helsingborg Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden -99994
4 1960 Hamburg Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany -1021024
5 1963 Mexico City Flag of Mexico (1934-1968).svg  Mexico 451321778
6 1967 Malmö Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 841612258
7 1971 Milwaukee Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1032683718
8 1975 London Flag of England.svg  England 1522714238
9 1979 Manila Flag of the Philippines (navy blue).svg  Philippines 14617532112
10 1983 Caracas Flag of Venezuela (1930-1954).svg  Venezuela 17520638112
11 1987 Helsinki Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 19623042612
12 1991 Singapore Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 19628047612
13 1995 Reno Flag of the United States.svg  United States 25335861112
14 1999 Abu Dhabi Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 25534560012
15 2003 Kuala Lumpur Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 23434858212
16 2005 Aalborg Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 216-2166
17 2006 Busan Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea -2472476
18 2007 Monterrey Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 227-2276
19 2008 Bangkok Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand -3333336
20 2009 Las Vegas Flag of the United States.svg  United States 228-2286
21 2010 Munich Flag of Germany.svg  Germany -3563566
22 2011 Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 171-1716
23 2013 Henderson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 21221642812
24 2014 Abu Dhabi Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates -2722726
25 2015 Abu Dhabi Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 147-1476
26 2017 Las Vegas Flag of the United States.svg  United States 17621338912
27 2018 Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 2652656
28 2019 Las Vegas Flag of the United States.svg  United States 1781786
29 2021 Kuwait City Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait --

Medal history [4]

Women's medal table

As 2017

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)27252577
2Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)1681337
3Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)612826
4Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)63211
5Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)58316
6Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)54514
7Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)46818
8Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)46616
9Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)46515
10Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)44412
11Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)42410
12Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)3407
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)32914
14Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)3159
15Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)2248
16Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN)18716
17Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1102
18Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR)1023
19Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA)1012
20Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN)0044
21Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)0022
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0022
23Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0011
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)0011
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)0011
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT)0011
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (SAF)0011
Totals (27 nations)100102124326


Men's medal table

As 2018

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)32262381
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)19121243
3Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)11171644
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)871732
5Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)55212
6Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)54615
7Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)52411
8Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)51612
9Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)42511
10Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)37717
11Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)3227
12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)25916
13Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)2316
14Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)2305
15Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN)2215
16Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN)13610
17Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1348
18Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)1146
Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1146
20Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)1135
21Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR)1113
22Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)1102
23Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1012
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar  (QAT)1012
25Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)06410
26Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates  (UAE)0134
27Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0101
28Flag of Guam.svg  Guam  (GUM)0011
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)0011
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait  (KUW)0011
Totals (30 nations)117117145379

Total medal table

As 2018

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)595148158
2Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)25242069
3Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)24153069
4Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)15232159
5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)971430
6Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)97622
7Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)810523
8Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)87621
9Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)86317
10Flag of England.svg  England  (ENG)83920
11Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)7111129
12Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)6121533
13Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)510924
14Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark  (DEN)431219
15Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)42511
16Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore  (SIN)310821
17Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia  (COL)33814
18Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)2316
19Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico  (PUR)2136
20Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN)131014
21Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)1348
22Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)1157
23Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong  (HKG)1124
24Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)1102
25Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)1012
Flag of Qatar.svg  Qatar  (QAT)1012
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA)1012
28Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates  (UAE)0134
29Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0123
30Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)0011
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam  (GUM)0011
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)0011
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait  (KUW)0011
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT)0011
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (SAF)0011
Totals (35 nations)217219269705

Medal winners

Please see List of WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships medalists.


World Championship Records

Men

CategoryRecordPlayerCountryEventYear/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Rick SteelsmithFlag of the United States.svg  United States Trios1987, Helsinki, Finland Flag of Finland.svg
Rolando Sebelen Sr.Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Doubles1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Steve ThorntonFlag of England.svg  England Doubles
Andrés Gomez Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Doubles
Ahmed ShaheenFlag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Trios
Amedeo SpadaFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Singles2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of Malaysia.svg
Anders ÖhmanFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Doubles
Darren CundyFlag of England.svg  England Team
Kimmo LehtonenFlag of Finland.svg  Finland (Make-up) Team
Martin LarsenFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Round Robin
Antonis EvaggelidisFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Trios2006, Busan, South Korea Flag of South Korea.svg
Bill Hoffman Flag of the United States.svg  United States Team
Biboy Rivera Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines Masters Final
Pasi Uotila Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Singles2010, Munich, Germany Flag of Germany.svg
Chris Barnes Flag of the United States.svg  United States Singles
Bodo KoniecznyFlag of Germany.svg  Germany Singles2013, Henderson, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Luis Eduardo RovainaFlag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Singles
Bill O'Neill Flag of the United States.svg  United States Singles
Chris Barnes Flag of the United States.svg  United States Doubles
Park Jong-WooFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Doubles
Tore Torgersen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Trios
Achim Grabowski Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Team
Hareb Al-MansooriFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  UAE Team
Ricardo LecuonaFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Team
Wu Hao-MingFlag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei Singles2017, Las Vegas, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Andrew Anderson Flag of the United States.svg  United States Singles2018, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Fabian KloosFlag of Germany.svg  Germany Doubles
Individual 3 Game Series826Kimmo LehtonenFlag of Finland.svg  Finland Singles1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Individual 6 Game Series1541 Jason Belmonte Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Doubles2006, Busan, South Korea Flag of South Korea.svg
Individual 24 Game All-Events5635 Tore Torgersen Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game 300 Amedeo SpadaFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of Malaysia.svg
Pasi UotilaFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 2010, Munich, Germany Flag of Germany.svg
Chris Barnes Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Bodo KoniecznyFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 2013, Henderson, Nevada, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Luis Eduardo RovainaFlag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela
Bill O'Neill Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Wu Hao-MingFlag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 2017, Las Vegas, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Andrew Anderson Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2018, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Singles - 3 Games826Kimmo LehtonenFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Singles - 6 Games1524 Remy Ong Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 2006, Busan, South Korea Flag of South Korea.svg
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game599 Jaime Monroy
Andrés Gomez
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Doubles - 3 Games1514 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of Malaysia.svg
Doubles - 6 Games2906 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of Malaysia.svg
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game778Antti-Pekka Lax
Lasse Lintilä
Ari Halme
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Trios - 3 Games2196 Bill O'Neill
Chris Barnes
Tommy Jones
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2010, Munich, Germany Flag of Germany.svg
Trios - 6 Games4144 Mike Fagan
Sean Rash
Marshall Kent
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Team Records
Team - 1 Game1309 Mario Quintero
Luis Kassian
Ricardo Lecuona
Roberto Silva
Alejandro Cruz
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2013, Henderson, Nevada, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Team - 3 Games3563 Park Jong-Woo
Choi Bok-Eum
Hong Hae-Sol
Shin Seungh-Yeon
Kim Kyung-Min
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Team - 6 Games6917 Park Jong-Woo
Kang Hee-Won
Choi Bok-Eum
Hong Hae-Sol
Shin Seungh-Yeon
Kim Kyung-Min
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg

Women

CategoryRecordPlayerCountryEventYear/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Cha Mi-Jung Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Trios1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Kim Yeau-Jin Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Doubles2007, Monterrey, Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg
Kirsten Penny Flag of England.svg  England Team
María Rodríguez Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia Doubles2009, Las Vegas, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Kelly Kulick Flag of the United States.svg  United States Singles2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Caroline Lagrange Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Trios
Shannon O'Keefe Flag of the United States.svg  United States Trios
Britt Brøndsted Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Team
Shayna Ng Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore Masters 1st Round
Shannon Pluhowsky Flag of the United States.svg  United States Masters Finals
Kelly Kulick Flag of the United States.svg  United States Doubles Semifinals2013, Henderson, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Joan Gonzalez Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Doubles2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Karen Marcano Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela Team
Liz Johnson Flag of the United States.svg  United States Team Finals
Masters Step 2
Danielle McEwan Flag of the United States.svg  United States Masters Step 2
Individual 3 Game Series812 Jacqueline Sijore Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia Singles2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Individual 6 Game Series1601 Shayna Ng Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore Singles2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Individual 24 Game All-Events5744 Mai Ginge Jensen Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game300 Kelly Kulick Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Singles - 3 Games812 Jacqueline Sijore Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Singles - 6 Games1601 Shayna Ng Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game556 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Doubles - 3 Games1536 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Doubles - 6 Games2901 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Kelly Kulick
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game802 Stefanie Nation
Shannon Pluhowsky
Shannon O'Keefe
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Trios - 3 Games2165 Esther Cheah
Zandra Aziela
Jacqueline Sijore
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Trios - 6 Games4232 Hwang Sun-Ok
Jeon Eun-Hee
Son Yun-Hee
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Team Records
Team - 1 Game1262 Nadine Geisler
Vanessa Timter
Juliane Rieger
Birgit Pöppler
Patricia Luoto
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Team - 3 Games3491 Stefanie Nation
Missy Parkin
Shannon O'Keefe
Kelly Kulick
Liz Johnson
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2013, Henderson, United States Flag of the United States.svg
Jeon Eun-Hee
Son Hye-Rin
Kim Jin-Sun
Jung Da-Wun
Baek Seung-Ja
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Team - 6 Games6750 Nadine Geisler
Vanessa Timter
Juliane Rieger
Janine Ribguth
Birgit Pöppler
Patricia Luoto
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2011, Flag of Hong Kong.svg Hong Kong, China
Missy Parkin
Liz Kuhlkin
Jordan Richard
Stefanie Johnson
Danielle McEwan
Shannon O'Keefe
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2019, Las Vegas, United States Flag of the United States.svg

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