5th October, Kuwait: Malaysia's Muhd Rafiq Ismail and Lithuania's Laurynas Narusis topped Group A Pools 2 and 3 of the Men's Singles preliminaries to advance into the next round while Qatar's Ghanim Aboujssoum and UAE's Sultan Al Qubaisi had to win their two-way tie breakers n Pools 1 and 4 to advance.
Ismail, the 2023 Asian Championships Masters gold medallist, won four out of five matches for 12 points and a total of 1214 pinfalls to top Pool 2. Narusis took the maximum of 15 points with 1205 to win Pool 3 to join the Malaysian in the next round.
Aboujassoum edged Korea's Won Jong Hyeok in a 9th and 10th frame roll-off to break the tie of 12 points each to snatch top spot in Pool 1 to make the next round. Al Qubaisi also defeated Singapore's Basil Ng in the other 9th and 10th frame 12 points tie-breaker to join the other three Round 2 quaifiers.
Won, who shot the first perfect game of the championships in the fifth match, failed to progress. Nawaf Al Tamimi of Saudi Arabia, Wang Zhiyong of China and Ho Chi Chong of Macau, scored 9 points each but ended second in their pool.
Czech Republic's Jan Macek, 2018 Men's Championships Masters gold medallist, Mitch Hup of Canada and Iran's Majid Taherkhani also scored 9 points each but finished second in their pool. Group B consisting of 32 men divided into four pools will contest their Round 1 preliminaries tomorrow afternoon.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.