8th October, Kuwait: Twelve qualifiers made the next round of the Men's Singles of 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships at the end of the preliminaries in Groups D, E and F with six standouts all securing a maximum of 15 points.
The first standout was Abdulrahman Alkeliwi of Saudi Arabia, who won all his five matches with 268, 234, 221, 237 and 248 for a total pinfall of 1208 and 15 points to cruise into the next round as winner of Pool 2. Tun Hakim of Malaysia lost his only match to the Saudi and failed to make the cut with four wins and 12 points in second spot.
The second standout to advance into the next round was Singapore's Muhd Jaris Goh, the winner of Pool 4 with a maximum of 15 points. Khamis Al Shamshi of UAE and Ali Haider of Kuwait tied with 9 points a piece to share second in the pool but failed to make the cut.
Austyn Ducharme of Canada was the third to post a maximum of 15 points from five matches to advance into the next round as winner of Pool 3 including a bye he received. The fourth qualifier to join the trio was Kim Dong Hyeon after he defeated Michael Mak of Hong Kong, 40-39 in the only 9th and 10th frame tie-breaker when the duo had 12 points each.
Kim was the only Korean to advance after five of his team-mates were defeated in five tie-breakers in different groups on the first three days including today.
The three other standouts to make the cut were from Group E, all scoring a maximum of 15 points. Ivan Malig of Philippines topped Pool 1 of Group E. Timmy Tan of Malaysia was the fifth to score a maximum of 15 points to win Pool 2.
Darren Ong was the first Singaporean to advance with a maximum of 15 points after winning Pool 4. The fourth qualifier from Group E was Nathan Ruest-Lajoie of Canada, who defeated Patrick Weichert of Germany in a tie-breaker, 60-59 after both had tied on 12 points.
Mohamed Al Zarooni of UAE was the sixth and final standout to advance into the next round with 12 points and not enduring a tie-breaker roll-off. Triple two-way tie-breakers had to be conducted to confirm the winners of three other pools.
Ahmed Al Deyab of Qatar advanced as winner of Pool 1 after beating Baek Seung Min of Korea, 60-58 in the first tie-breaker when both totaled 12 points. In the second tie-breaker, China's Wang Shizhen won Pool 2 by defeating Macau's Cheng Chi Him, 49-24.
Lukas Jelinek of Czech Republic clinched top spot in Pool 3 by ousting Frank Drevenstedt of Germany, 47-40 in the third and final tie-breaker of the group to make the next round.
All the six groups of the Men's division have completed their Singles preliminaries and the top 24 will be drawn into four separate groups in Round 2, which will be in the same format of play in Round 1. The winner of each group will then qualify for the semi-finals and final shooutout on October 9.
The top seed will face the fourth-seed and the second-seed will face the third-seed in a best-of-3 matches semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals will square off in the championship match.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
Canadian seals next round spot convincingly
Korean duo makes next round with ease
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Four men from four different countries advance
Two Korean and two Malaysian cruise into next round
Twenty-three countries set for battle