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WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships

WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships

The WTBA World Championships is a global event that invites all countries, that are members of the WTBA 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 comprises the top 16 bowlers from the all-events category. All bowlers play a Matchplay style format, best of 5 games with the winner advancing to the next round. The players are seeded 1-16 according to their final positions in the All-Events. The draw for each round is decided with the highest seed playing the lowest seed, the second highest seed playing the second lowest seed, and so on. Medals are awarded to the winner, runner-up and both losing semi-finalists.

Format

The format for the Championships has changed many time 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 throughto a stepladder final. Currently the masters is played using the matchplay style, best of 5 format. Many bowlers do not agree with the matchplay format and prefer the round robin format as this is a much better way of determining the overall masters champion.

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 Championhips, the Asian Games, the World Ranking Masters, The Commonwealth Championships and the Asian Championships.

Medal History

Women's Medals Table

Pos. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 16 19 16 51
2 6 11 7 24
3 6 3 2 11
4 5 2 3 10
5 4 6 4 14
6 4 5 7 16
7 4 5 3 12
8 4 3 3 10
9 4 3 4 11
10 3 5 2 10
11 3 2 0 5
12 3 1 3 7
13 3 1 1 5
14 2 1 2 5
15 1 1 0 2
=16 1 0 1 2
=16 1 0 1 2
18 0 2 2 4
19 0 2 1 3
20 0 0 2 2
=21 0 0 1 1
=21 0 0 1 1
=21 0 0 1 1
=21 0 0 1 1
=21 0 0 1 1

Men's Medals Table

Pos. Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 18 11 9 38
2 16 13 11 40
3 10 14 9 33
4 5 2 2 9
5 5 1 3 9
6 4 1 1 6
7 3 6 7 16
8 3 2 5 10
9 2 4 6 12
10 2 3 1 6
11 2 3 0 5
12 2 2 0 4
13 1 3 6 10
14 1 3 4 8
15 1 3 1 5
16 1 2 1 4
17 1 1 3 5
18 1 1 2 4
=19 1 1 0 2
=19 1 1 0 2
21 1 0 1 2
22 0 4 2 6
23 0 0 3 3
=24 0 0 1 1
=24 0 0 1 1

World Championship Records

Men

Category Record Player Country Event Year/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Rick Steelsmith Trios 1987, Helsinki, Finland
Rolando Sebelen Sr. Doubles 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Steve Thornton Doubles
Andres Gomez Doubles
Ahmed Shaheen Trios
Amedeo Spada Singles 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Anders Öhman Doubles
Darren Cundy Team
Kimmo Lehtonen (Make-up) Team
Martin Larsen Round Robin
Antonis Evaggelidis Trios 2006, Busan, South Korea
Bill Hoffman Team
Biboy Rivera Masters Final
Individual 3 Game Series 826 Kimmo Lehtonen Singles 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Individual 6 Game Series 1541 Jason Belmonte Doubles 2006, Busan, South Korea
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game 300 Amedeo Spada 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singles - 3 Games 826 Kimmo Lehtonen 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Singles - 6 Games 1524 Remy Ong 2006, Busan, South Korea
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game 599 Jaime Monroy
Andres Gomez
1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Doubles - 3 Games 1514 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Doubles - 6 Games 2906 Tomas Leandersson
Anders Öhman
2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game 778 Antti-Pekka Lax
Lasse Lintilä
Ari Halme
1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Trios - 3 Games 2121 Antti-Pekka Lax
Lasse Lintilä
Ari Halme
1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Trios - 6 Games 4088 Antti-Pekka Lax
Lasse Lintilä
Ari Halme
1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Team Records
Team - 1 Game 1185 Daniel Lim
Ben Heng
Azidi Ameran
Alex Liew
Zulmazran Zulkifli
2006, Busan, South Korea
Team - 3 Games 3409 Martin Blixt
Johan Damberg
Raymond Jansson
Patrick Backe
Tomas Leandersson
1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Team - 6 Games 6618 Scott Pohl
Ronnie Sparks
David Haynes
Rhino Page
Bill Hoffman
2006, Busan, South Korea

Women

Category Record Player Country Event Year/Venue
Individual Records
Individual Game 300 Cha Mi-Jung Trios 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kim Yeau Jin Doubles 2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Kirsten Penny Team
Individual 3 Game Series 787 Diandra Asbaty Doubles 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Individual 6 Game Series 1496 Diandra Asbaty Doubles 2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Individual 24 Game All-Events 5316 Choi Jin A 2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Singles Records
Singles - 1 Game Unknown
Singles - 3 Games Unknown
Singles - 6 Games 1405 Kelly Kulick 1999, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Doubles Records
Doubles - 1 Game 547 Adriana Perez
Sandra Gongora
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Doubles - 3 Games 1433 Choi Jin A
Nam Bo Ra
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Doubles - 6 Games 2804 Choi Jin A
Nam Bo Ra
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Trios Records
Trios - 1 Game 758 Sharon Koh
Esther Cheah
Shalin Zulkifli
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Trios - 3 Games 2082 Sabrina Lim
Evelyn Chan
Jazreel Tan
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Trios - 6 Games 3970 Helen Johnsson
Malin Glendert
Nina Flack
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Team Records
Team - 1 Game 1261 Fiona Banks
Jemma Smith
Zara Glover
Lisa John
Kirsten Penny
2007, Monterrey, Mexico
Team - 3 Games 3335 Sara Vargas
Margarita Roa
Rocio Restrepo
Luz Adriana Leal
Clara Juliana Guerrero
2003, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Team - 6 Games 6323 Esther Cheah
Shalin Zulkifli
Sharon Koh
Wendy Chai
Zandra Aziela
2007, Monterrey, Mexico

Previous & Future Championships

From 2005 The men's and women's Championships have been held as separate events on alternating years.

Year City Country Women Men Total
1954 Helsinki - 58 58
1955 Essen - 64 64
1958 Helsingborg - 99 99
1960 Hamburg - 102 102
1963 Mexico City 45 132 177
1967 Malmö 84 161 225
1971 Milwaukee 103 268 371
1975 London 152 271 423
1979 Manila 146 175 321
1983 Caracas 175 206 381
1987 Helsinki 196 230 426
1991 Singapore 196 280 476
1995 Reno 253 358 611
1999 Abu Dhabi 255 345 600
2003 Kuala Lumpur 234 348 582
2005 Aalborg 216 - 216
2006 Busan - 247 247
2007 Monterrey 227 - 227
2008 Bangkok - 333 333
2009 Las Vegas - - -

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