The World Ten Pin Bowling Championships began on Saturday (4 October) in the little English village of Tolworth in the county of Surrey near London.
GV Ext. bowling alley.
GV Int. Bowling alley.
GV Finland bowler bowling strike
GV Irish bowler plays and leaves
GV Norwegian bowler bowling.
GV French bowler scoring strike.
GV Bowling lanes
GV Japanese woman bowling (2 shots)
GV Bermuda player bowling.
GV Austrian and Swiss bowlers (2 shots).
GV Malaysia bowling and striking.
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SPORT: TEN PIN BOWLING
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Background: The World Ten Pin Bowling Championships began on Saturday (4 October) in the little English village of Tolworth in the county of Surrey near London.
Thirty-six nations are competing in the Championships for the next nine days.
Finland held an advantage of 197 pins in the eight man team event and Japan led by 67 pins in the four women team competition after the first day's bowling.
In the men's event Finland totalled 12,217 pins after the first two sessions followed by Puerto Rico on 12,020 points and France in third place with 1,956.
The Japanese women led with 4,553 ahead of the United States 4,486 with Australia in third place with 4,474 pins.
There are more than 270 competitors in this year's competition.
Spain withdrew from the competition earlier in the week without giving a reason.
SYNOPSIS: The little English village of Tolworth in Surrey near London, where the World Ten Pin Bowling Championships began on Saturday. More than thirty countries are competing.
Finland, one of whose team members is bowling here, held an advantage of one hundred-and-ninety-seven pins in the eight-man event.
Ireland had a disappointing first day and its team members seemed unable to find the magic "strike".
Norway also had a bad first day and finished only a few pins ahead of Ireland.
French bowlers seemed to have better luck and finished the first day in third place in the men's event.
The lanes were treated with special oil which made them extremely fast.
In the four-women team competition, the Japanese quartet led with four-thousand-five-hundred-and-fifty-three pins beating the United States by sixty-seven on the first day.
The team from Bermuda seemed dogged by bad luck from the time the championships began and by the end of the first day their tally of pins was well down.
The Austrian and Swiss teams did not fare much better and their total score for the day was far below their own expectations. Their chance of winning the competition now looks dim.
Malaysia was one of the newer teams to the Championship. However their inexperience showed against their more tried opponents.