USA's Barnes, Colombia's Guerrero win World Cup titles

WROCLAW, Poland - Team USA's Chris Barnes put on a dominant performance in the final round Sunday as he claimed the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup men's title.

Entering the finals as the No. 3 seed, Barnes swept the semifinal and the final, 2-0, in the best-of-three format at Sky Bowling Center. Clara Guerrero of Colombia won the women's title.

Chris Barnes WC 150In the championship match, Barnes took down top seed Tobias Bording of Germany in consecutive games, 269-248 and 231-216. Needing two strikes in the final frame for the shut out, Barnes tossed a perfect first shot and came up light but carried the 8 pin late for the second strike.

"Over time, I've grown to appreciate how many great international players have won this event in their careers," said Barnes, whose wife Lynda won the World Cup in 2005. "It was certainly on my bucket list to come here and win."

In the semifinal, Barnes took a narrow 215-204 win in the first game before dazzling the crowd with a 300-219 win to secure the win against Ukraine's Mykhaylo Kalika.

Clara Guerrero WC 150On the women's side, Guerrero won a hard-fought match against Malaysia's Li Jane Sing, 2-1, to take the title. Guerrero won the first game, 239-234, dropped the second game, 257-243, and won the deciding game, 265-211.

"All my hard work and sacrifices for so many years are worth it now," Guerrero said. "This is a very historic tournament with a lot of great winners in the past. I really wanted to be a part of that select group."

Sin advanced to the title match with a 2-1 victory over Team USA's Brittni Hamilton. Hamilton took the first game 235-181, but dropped the next two games, 236-234, and 213-204.

The World Cup is considered one of the sport's most prestigious singles titles and drew bowlers from 85 countries, making it the largest event in the sport in terms of number of countries competing.

At Sky Bowling Center, Wroclaw, Poland
Sunday's results

Championship Round

1. Chris Barnes, United States, 1,015 (4 games)
2. Tobias Bording, Germany, 464 (2 games)
3. Mykhaylo Kalika, Ukraine, 423 (2 games)

Playoff Results (best-of-three games)
Semifinal Match: No. 3 Barnes def. No. 2 Kalika, 2-0
(215-204, 300-219)
Championship: Barnes def. No. 1 Bording, 2-0
(269-248, 231-216)


Championship Round

1. Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 747 (3 games)
2. Li Jane Sin, Malaysia, 1,302 (6 games)
3. Brittni Hamilton, United States, 673 (3 games)

Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Li Jane def. No. 3 Hamilton, 2-1
(181-235, 236-234, 213-204)
Championship: No. 1 Guerrero vs. Li Jane, 2-1
(239-234, 243-257, 265-211)