BOWLING WORLD OPEN BRINGS INCREDIBLE ATMOSPHERE & CHANGE IN RANKINGS

LAUSANNE, July 16th – With the World Bowling Tour Major event Bowling World Open drawing to a close in Tokyo on Sunday, the event truly showcased bowling’s best in sporting talents in an event showcasing exceptional atmosphere.   Athletes from 52 countries joined a large field of Japan’s best bowlers to create a total field of 220 fighting it out for Bowling’s richest event in 2015. Bowling’s biggest names competed for the total prize pool of JPY 48,000,000 (Approx. US$390,000) and the chance to earn double points in the World Bowling Tour rankings. Incredible scenes from the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre that housed a temporary lane construction for the finals, shows the atmosphere to be a rich mix of spectators and media and an extraordinary showcase of the sport’s popularity in Japan.

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The Men’s Singles semi-final round was an exciting fight between World Bowling’s number one ranked athlete Dom Barrett (ENG), Japan’s home grown hero Isao Yamamoto, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Bill O’Neill from the USA. With Palermaa knocking O’Neill out in the semi’s and Yamamoto dominating over World Bowling’s current number one ranked men’s athlete Barrett, Osku Palermaa went head to head with Yamamoto. Despite the huge crowd of Japanese spectators getting behind their best in Bowling, Palermaa took out the top prize with 248 points to Yamamoto’s 224. Palermaa won not only the largest top prize pool for a bowling event in 2015, but also double points towards the World Bowling Tour rankings bringing him from sixth position to fourth. Yamamoto’s second place position in the Major World Bowling Tour competition has shot him into the prestigious top 100 bowling athletes and he sits comfortably in 60th position on 80 points. Barrett and O’Neill left Tokyo in third and fourth places respectively but Dom Barrett remains steady in first position on the World Bowling rankings with 701 points, a total 84 points ahead of number two World Bowling athlete, Jason Belmonte from Australia.

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The Women’s top rounds were an exciting affair which rivalled the enthusiasm of the men’s Single’s Championships. In the semi-final rounds we saw Germany’s Birgit Pöppler win over World Bowling’s number one ranked female athlete, Kelly Kulick from the USA. Pöppler’s astonishing 258 points to Kulick’s 227 saw her cement her position in the final rounds. In the other semi-finals match, Singapore’s Joey Yeo conquered the battle against Karen Marcano from Venezuela with her 234 point win dominating Marcano’s 181 points. The finals was a nail biting spectacular with Yeo just gaining the championship prize by a smidgen three point win of 207 points to Pöppler’s 204 points. As with the Men’s event, Yeo’s championship title has earned her a considerable prize pool and double points in the World Bowling rankings, Yeo now sits in 17th position on a total 165 points. Despite Kulick’s fourth position in the championship Major event, she remains strong in first position on the World Bowling Women’s rankings on 712, 110 points ahead of fellow USA bowler Liz Johnson.

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Photos courtesy of Hero Noda

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