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      November 23, 2001:

-Near-Perfect Finish Defines 37th AMF Bowling World Cup

11/23/2001 - AMF
      LONDON, ENGLAND - Kim Haugen's near-perfect 290 game in the men's championship round was a fitting final flourish to the story of the 37th annual AMF Bowling World Cup, made remarkable with a series of individual and country achievements. The 2001 edition concluded November 10 at P.S. Bowling in Pattaya, Thailand, with Norway's Haugen and Japan's Nachimi Itakura being crowned champions.

      Haugen's closing effort gave him a two-games-to-none victory over 1999 World Cup champion Ahmed Shaheen of Qatar, 238-216 and 290-186, in the best-two-of-three-games "knockout" format and made him the third Norwegian man to win the coveted title. Arne Stroem captured the World Cup twice, in 1977 and 1982; Tore Torgersen won seven years ago in Hermosillo, Mexico.

      Haugen, a 22-year-old bowling center manager from Evje, also was the first person, male or female, to sweep through the arena "knockout" rounds-quarterfinals, semifinals and finals-without losing a single game. The lefthander averaged 237.67 in the arena while dispatching the USA's Scott Norton, 202-200 and 212-182, Japan's Hirofumi Morimoto, 259-232 and 225-223, and Shaheen. He also set new arena standards for single game and two-game match with 290 and 528, respectively. (The old marks were 278 by Belgium's Chris van Damme and 456 by Tomas Leandersson of Sweden.

      Itakura became the first Japanese bowler ever to win the Bowling World Cup. The 26-year-old barber shop assistant from Wakayama City similarly rewrote the women's arena record book on her way to victory. Her title-winning two-games-to-none decision over the Philippines' Liza del Rosario, 247-224 and 257-224, yielded a 504 series that erased the previous record for a two-game arena match by a woman (441, held by Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia).

      Itakura's three-game series of 708 in her semifinal match with Ross Greiner of the Netherlands (258-224, 223-226 and 227-205) also obliterated Guerrero's 576 mark in that category. Furthermore, the righthander's triumph combined with the semifinal finish of her countryman, Hirofumi Morimoto, to give Japan its first Bent Petersen Trophy for best country performance.

      Shaheen's three-game series of 699 in his 2-1 semifinal match with Daniel Falconi of Mexico (235-244, 205-186, 259-257) established the new men's arena mark for a three-game match, while del Rosario and Greiner tied for the new women's single-game standard in the arena with 269. The previous records were held by van Damme (692) and Guerrero (244), respectively.

      Scott Norton of the United States was the only athlete to roll a perfect 300 game during the Nov. 4-10 tournament, becoming the 11th man and 14th person overall in World Cup history to do so.

      Included among the "firsts" of the 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup were the first appearance ever among the top 24 players, men or women's divisions, by athletes from Russia and St. Helena. Russia's Sergey Andreev averaged 192.63 to finish 24th in the men's division, while Sian Wood, who represented St. Helena, placed 19th in the women's division. Wood averaged 189.75.

      Moving farther up the ladder, Yahav Rabin became the first Israeli bowler to reach the top eight, finishing seventh after 40 games of qualifying with a 214.65 average. He advanced to the quarterfinals, where he fell to Shaheen, 2 games to 0 (216-241 and 237-247).

      Eighty-seven countries sent athletes to the 37th AMF Bowling World Cup, eight of them for the first time (Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cote d'Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Laos, St. Helena, Syria, Vietnam). Eighty seven-men and 61 women took part in the competition at the 32-lane P.S. Bowling Pattaya center.

Records set in arena "knockout" format:
Men:
Single game: Kim Haugen, Norway, 290
Two-game match, individual series: Kim Haugen, Norway, 528
Three-game match, individual series:  Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar, 699

Women:
Single game: Lisa del Rosario, Philippines, and Ross Greiner, Netherlands, 269
Two-game match, individual series: Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 504
Three-game match, individual series: Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 708

Perfect games (300 score) recorded in AMF Bowling World Cup history:
1994    Jack Guay, Canada
1995    Jack Guay, Canada
        Patrick Healey Jr., USA
1997    Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar
        Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia
1998    Paul Boyle, England
1999    Shigeo Saito, Japan
        Jill Friis, Canada
        Mohammed Al-Qubaisi, UAE
        Kenny Ang, Malaysia
2000    Tomas Leandersson, Sweden
        Tore Torgersen, Norway
        Diane Buchanan, Canada
2001    Scott Norton, USA

Final Standings, 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup - Men
1   Kim Haugen, Norway
2   Ahmed Shaheen, Qatar
3   Daniel Falconi, Mexico
    Hirofumi Morimoto, Japan
5   Naif Oqab, UAE
    Remy Ong, Singapore
    Yahav Rabin, Israel
    Scott Norton, USA

Quarterfinal results:
Morimoto def. Oqab, 2 games to 1 (201-233, 236-196, 217-162)
Falconi def. Ong, 2 games to 1 (181-198, 235-225, 266-224)
Shaheen def. Rabin, 2 games to 0 (241-216, 247-237)
Haugen def. Norton, 2 games to 0 (202-200, 212-1820

Semifinal results:
Shaheen def. Falconi, 2 games to 1 (235-244, 205-186, 259-257)
Haugen def. Morimoto, 2 games to 0 (259-232, 225-223)

Championship rd. results:
Haugen def. Shaheen, 2 games to 0 (238-216, 290-186)

Standings After 40 Games - Top 24
Position    Name    Country High Game   Total Pins  Average
1   Scott Norton    USA     300     9014    225.35
2   Ahmed Shaheen   Qatar   278     8954    223.85
3   Daniel Falconi  Mexico  290     8879    221.98
4   Naif Oqab   UAE     268     8753    218.83
5   Hirofumi Morimoto   Japan   289 8676    216.90
6   Remy Ong    Singapore   268     8652    216.30
7   Yahav Rabin Israel      279     8586    214.65
8   Kim Haugen  Norway      278     8460    211.50
9   Ryan Lalisang   Indonesia   259 8423    210.58
10  Ben Heng    Malaysia    268     8415    210.38
11  Ives Van Eijken Belgium 279     8392    209.80
12  Olli Hossi  Finland     267     8370    209.25
13  Anders Ohman    Sweden  280     8368    209.20
14  Alfred Pang Hong Kong   267     8365    209.13
15  David Davies    New Zealand 270 8362    209.05
16  Laurent Plantard    France  258     8357    208.93
17  Benny Dytoc Philippines 267     8328    208.20
18  Christian Saint Bonnet Argentina 258  8287  207.18
19  Franz Hahn  Austria         251     8189    204.73
20  Guy Caminsky    South Africa    268 8136    203.40
21  Paul Moor   England     258     8122    203.05
22  Frank J Russo   Guam    278     8108    202.70
23  Jose Estevez    Spain   266     8004    200.10
24  Sergey Andreev  Russia  246     7705    192.63

24 Games
Position    Name    Country High Game   Total Pins  Average                 
25  Zhong Jian Xiong    China   234     4832    201.33                  
26  Kevin Horton    Northern Ireland    279     4831    201.29                  
27  Ian Shahid  Bangladesh      253     4828    201.17                  
28  Adel Rasti  Bahrain         254     4824    201.00                  
29  Chin-Hua Hsueh  Chinese Taipei 243  4815    200.63                  
29  Carlo Greulich  Germany 258     4785    199.38                  
31  Bob Woolley Canada          247     4770    198.75                  
32  Elton Glen Tromp    Aruba   236     4768    198.67                  
33  Nico Thientpondt    Netherlands 237     4754    198.08                  
34  Bjarne Thomsen  Denmark 268     4730    197.08                  
35  Marco Reviglio  Italy           247     4728    197.00                  
36  Wiwat Yuthanakornchai   Thailand 247 4727   196.96                  
37  Trevor Wood St Helena       236     4669    194.54                  
38  Michael Muir    Australia       225     4642    193.42                  
39  Daniel Suter    Switzerland     252     4640    193.33                  
40  Mark Hutton Scotland        267     4638    193.25                  
41   Andrzej Martin Poland      237     4629    192.88                  
42  Maurice Talane  French Guyane   224 4617    192.38                  
43  Tarek Helmy Egypt           228     4605    191.88                  
44  Khalil Aqil Palestine       218     4590    191.25                  
45  Bartholomeu Dias    Brazil  279     4581    190.88                  
46  Eduardo Padilla Nicaragua   230     4580    190.83                  
46  Phimmanivong Vannarone  Laos 235  4569  190.38                  
48  Philip Hatton   Isle of Man     252     4568    190.33                  
49  Leli Baldacchino    Malta       246     4554    189.75                  
50  Tamas Holczer   Hungary     242     4539    189.13                  
51  Marco Vargas    Costa Rica  248     4516    188.17                  
52  Stuart Chamberlain  Wales   247     4504    187.67                  
53  Willie Javier   Dominican Republic  255 4494    187.25                  
54  Ibrahim Haji Ahmad  Brunei  246     4472    186.33                  
55  Talal Z Towereb Saudi Arabia    244     4457    185.71                  
56  Dave English    Ireland     246     4445    185.21                  
57  Juris Kalnracenis   Latvia  220     4415    183.96                  
58  John Koon Kee Chong Mauritius 221  4397 183.21                  
59  Naser Seraj Kuwait          214     4366    181.92                  
60  Takis Xagoraris Greece      228     4332    180.50                  
61  Sameer Jain     India       202     4326    180.25                  
62  Edouard dea Bieu    Cote D'Ivoire   224 4317    179.88                  
63  Dmitry Stepuk   Belarus     213     4282    178.42                  
64  U Ye Min Swe    Myanmar 215     4280    178.33                  
65  Thierry Chapal  Martinique  259     4269    177.88                  
66  Clarence Wallace    Bahamas 237 4257    177.38                  
67  Kumar Tamang    Nepal       241     4241    176.71                  
68  Vitaliy Shilan  Ukraine         233     4198    174.92                  
69  Cong Minh Le    Vietnam     201     4169    173.71                  
70  Mikhail Zemtsov Kazakhstan  212     4103    170.96                  
71  Ashot Grigorian     Armenia     210     4101    170.88                  
72  João Daniel Oliveira    Portugal    200     4051    168.79                  
73  Mike Hosek  Guernsey        221     4044    168.50                  
74  Rayko Pepelanov Bulgaria    223     4020    167.50                  
75  Stephen King    Jersey      224     4010    167.08                  
76  Patrick Leroy     Morocco       226     4006    166.92                  
77  Franjo Katalenic    Croatia     195     3934    163.92                  
78  Nasser Abdulnabi    Lebanon 194 3847    160.29                  
79  Aydin Jafarov   Azerbaijan  212     3845    160.21                  
80  Laurent Sequera New Caledonia   210 3772    157.17                  
81  Ehab Mohd. Ebrahim Al-Amri  Yemen  197 3635 151.46                  
82  Shant Panos Tomassian   Iraq     202    3630    151.25                  
83  Stuart Watkins  Gibraltar   207     3572    148.83                  
94  Bashar Kalaji   Syria       190     3520    146.67                  
95  Yemane Mekonnen Ethiopia    208     3245    154.52  (withdrew/21 games) 
86  Giovanni Ercolani   San Marino  234 3223    201.44 (withdrew/16 games)  
87  Dean Lightbourn     Bermuda 255 3133    195.81  (withdrew/16 games)

Final Standings, 2001 AMF Bowling World Cup - Women
1   Nachimi Itakura, Japan
2   Lisa del Rosario, Philippines
3   Kristal Scott, USA
    Ross Greiner, Netherlands
5   Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia
    Kirsten Penny, England
    Melody Yeung, Hong Kong
    Ann Maree Putney, Australia

Quarterfinal Results:
Del Rosario def. Zulkifli, 2 games to 1 (269-258, 224-234, 244-216)
Greiner def. Putney, 2 games to 1 (227-185, 179-255, 269-217)
Itakura def. Yeung, 2 games to 0 (212-204, 224-203)
Scott def. Penny, 2 games to 1 (216-205, 221-249, 202-169)

Semifinal Results:
Itakura def. Greiner, 2 games to 1 (258-224, 223-226, 227-205)
Del Rosario def. Scott, 2 games to 0 (214-207, 216-206)

Championship Round Results:
Itakura def. Del Rosario, 2 games to 0 (247-224, 257-224)

Standings After 40 Games - Top 24
Position    Name    Country High Game   Total Pins  Average
1   Kirsten Penny   England     269     8724    218.10
2   Nachimi Itakura Japan       267     8488    212.20
3   Ross Greiner    Netherlands 257     8471    211.78
4   Liza del Rosario    Philippines 256     8313    207.83
5   Shalin  Zulkifli    Malaysia    253     8199    204.98
6   Ann Maree Putney    Australia   257 8145    203.63
7   Melody Yeung    Hong Kong   247     8138    203.45
8   Kristal Scott   USA         286     8065    201.63
9   Asa Wetterlund  Sweden      289     7993    199.83
10  Pascale Moynot  France      278     7903    197.58
11  Heidi Larnia    Finland         245     7749    193.73
12  Diane Buchanan  Canada      269     7739    193.48
13  Jennifer Tan    Singapore       238     7727    193.18
14  Sayuri Yamada   Mexico      279     7700    192.50
15  Irene Kragh-Eckell  Norway  257     7681    192.03
16  Chiung-Yao Huang    Chinese Taipei 226 7650 191.25
17  Lena Sulkanen   Denmark 255     7629    190.73
18  Patricia Vezzu  Belgium     267     7617    190.43
19  Sian Wood   St Helena       241     7590    189.75
20  Belinda Tan New Zealand 278     7584    189.60
21  Sylvia Meurer   Germany 245     7415    185.38
22  Liao Pei Shan   China       257     7386    184.65
23  Melissa Anastasi    Malta       235     7353    183.83
24  Yvonne Lynch    Ireland     256     7348    183.70
24 Games
Position    Name    Country High Game   Total Pins  Average
25  Lisa Paluzzi    South Africa        235     4384    182.67
26  Edna Maduro Aruba       230     4332    180.50
27  Susan Mutch Scotland    265     4314    179.75
28  Maria Cristina Sgrosso  Italy   247     4300    179.17
29  Maria Toth  Hungary         215     4275    178.13
29  Somdech BoonLung    Thailand 255    4275    178.13
31  Hilde Weishaupt Switzerland 213     4270    177.92
32  Maria Otero Argentina       220     4216    175.67
33  Mel Isaac   Wales           288     4215    175.63
34  Inna Zavialova  Russia      213     4210    175.42
35  Elena Zemtsova  Kazakhstan  221     4188    174.50
36  Aleka Zorba Greece          223     4177    174.04
37  Eveline Norzt   Austria         203     4150    172.92
38  Iryna Solop Ukraine         212     4099    170.79
39  Hala Shaarawy   Egypt       212     4090    170.42
40  Rose-Anna Telcide   Martinique  212 4078    169.92
41  Sabeena Salim   India       211     4042    168.42
42  Marina Guseva   Armenia     233     4037    168.21
43  Nur Ulyawati    Indonesia       202     4018    167.42
44  Beata Szostak   Poland      240     4011    167.13
45  Glynis Wilson   Northern Ireland    201 4000    166.67
46  Pam Hooper  Isle of Man     217     3987    166.13
46  Catherine Pascual Potot Spain   215 3987    166.13
48  Tana Vilner Israel          200     3979    165.79
49  Thi Hong Thuy Vo    Vietnam 187     3952    164.67
50  Sofiya Hristova Bulgaria        212     3942    164.25
51  Karina Maslova  Latvia      189     3914    163.08
52  Marina McClain  Bahamas 223     3901    162.54
53  Joanne Johnson  Guernsey    216     3897    162.38
54  Márcia Macário  Portugal        184     3880    161.67
55  Binu Shrestha Pradhan   Nepal   236 3874    161.42
56  Liudmila Anehdzina  Belarus 182     3862    160.92
57  Ketsawan Wongchai   Laos    204     3802    158.42
58  Annick Chassain French Guyane   212 3760    156.67
59  Marjan Habib    Bahrain     202     3757    156.54
60  Carmen Bolanos  Nicaragua   189     3654    152.25
61  Moira Viagas    Gibraltar   200     3304    137.67


-Denmark's Sulkanen And Syria's Kalaji Win Bowling World Cup Sportsmanship Awards

11/23/2001 - AMF
      LONDON, ENGLAND - Denmark's Lena Sulkanen and Syria's Bashar Kalaji were voted the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year by their peers at this year's 37th AMF Bowling World Cup in Pattaya, Thailand.

      Sulkanen, 41, who was a mainstay for the Swedish national women's team two decades ago, represented Denmark in her first-ever Bowling World Cup appearance. She currently resides in Vanlose, Denmark, where she makes her living as a manager. Sulkanen averaged 190.73 to finish 17th in the 61-woman field at P.S. Bowling Pattaya.

      Kalaji, a 37-year-old tool designer from Aleppo, Syria, finished 84th among the 87 men who began the tournament but first in the respect of his fellow competitors. Kalaji aggravated a wrist injury and struggled to complete his 24 games of qualifying; he averaged just 146.67, nearly 50 pins off his established league average. He refused to withdraw, however, telling tournament officials that it was an honor simply to compete in the Bowling World Cup and that it was his duty to finish as best as he could.


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