WTBA World Singles Championships

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The World Single Bowling Championships is a global event open to members of the World Bowling. This new event gives World Bowling a world championship event every year, filling a void left from previous years.[1] Each eligible country can send up to two men and two women to compete.

Event Details and history[edit]

The first WB World Singles Championships was held on September 18-26, 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus at the Galactica Bowling Center and subsequently will be held every four years.[1] The next edition will be held on December 4-11, 2016 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.[2] The event is split up into two separate tournaments, one for men and one for women.


In the first WTBA World Singles Championships, each bowler bowled 12 games of qualifying split into two six game blocks.[1] The top 24 men and women, by total pinfall, advanced to single-elimination match play. The top eight men and women after qualifying received a first round bye. The first round of single elimination match play consists of the remaining sixteen bowlers (from 9th position all the way to 24th position) on both the men and women bowling head-to-head matches, best of five game format. These sixteen bowlers will be ranked in a bracket format (so 9 vs 24, 10 vs 23, etc.).[1] The second round consists of the eight winners from the first round (men and women) bowling the eight bowlers (top eight men and top eight women) who had first round byes in similar best of five matches, bracket format. The eight winners (eight men and eight women) in second round matches advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals are best of five matches. The four winners (four men, four women) from the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are one game matches. The semifinal losers will receive a bronze medal.[1] The winners of the semifinal matches (two men and two women) advance to the final. The finals is a one game match to determine the gold medalist and the silver medalist for both the men and women.

Lane Pattern[edit]

For the first WB World Singles Championships, all games were played on one lane condition. The lane condition was selected by a WB technical delegate from a bank of WTBA lane patterns[3] to be a medium pattern 41 feet in length.[1][4]

Medal History[edit]

Men's Medal table[5][edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 1 1 0 2
=2  Colombia 0 0 1 1
=2  Finland 0 0 1 1

Women's medal table[6][edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 1 0 0 1
2  Latvia 0 1 0 1
=3  Malaysia 0 0 1 1
=3  Mexico 0 0 1 1

Medal Winners[edit]


Games Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Limassol United States Chris Barnes United States Tommy Jones Colombia Andres Gomez
Finland Osku Palermaa


Games Gold Silver Bronze
2012 Limassol United States Kelly Kulick Latvia Diana Zavjalova Malaysia Esther Cheah
Mexico Aseret Zetter

Previous & future championships[edit]

Year City Country Women Men Total
2012 Limassol  Cyprus
2016 Doha  Qatar
2020 Tokyo[7]  Japan


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