Germany emerged as the leader at the halfway point of team qualifying Saturday at the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships.
With three of six games completed, Germany totaled 3,200 to take the top spot in the coveted five-player team event at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre in Hong Kong.
The top half of the field after three games will return for three final games Monday to determine the four spots in the medal round. The bottom half of the field will complete its three games Sunday.
The team medal round will be broadcast live on FloBowling starting at 4 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday for audiences in North America.
Germany was led by Pascal Winterheimer’s 677 series as all five Germans shot 600 or better in the opening round. Frank Drevenstedt had 650, Oliver Morig shot 648, Tobias Bording had 625 and Fabian Kloos shot 600.
France narrowly missed the top spot and trails Germany by just five pins with 3,195, while Team USA sits in third with 3,191, just nine pins off the lead. Indonesia rounds out the Top 4 with 3,084, which is 116 pins behind Germany.
The all-events race is nearly concluded as well with 21 of 24 games completed and another new leader emerged. Team USA’s EJ Tackett moved into the top spot with a 664 series in team event and has a 21-game total of 4,670, a 222.38 average.
Team USA’s Andrew Anderson is second with 4,664, while his teammate Kyle Troup is third with 4,647. Canada’s Dan MacLelland, who led heading into team event, shot just 546 in team and dropped to fourth with 4,597.
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