Doha, - The Bowling World Singles Championships on Friday concluded the men's and women's competitions, which were hosted by the Qatar Bowling Federation at the Qatar Bowling Centre in Doha amid participation of the world's leading seeded players.

In the men's competition, Denmark's Jesper Agerbo beat Malaysian bowler Rafiq Ismail 256-205 to claim the title, while Michael Mak of Hong Kong took third.

The first-placed won a financial prize of $8,000, while the second won $5,000 and each of the third and fourth took $3,000.

As for the women's side of the competition, Kelly Kulick of the United States successfully defended her title after beating Singapore's Hui Fen New in the final.

Kulick scored 214 in the match, bettering New by 19 points. She claimed victory four years ago in Limassol, Cyprus.

"I honestly feel relieved," Kulick said after her win today. "It has been a long time since I've been in the winner's circle, but I wanted to defend my title here and I achieved that goal." "It's been a wonderful weekend in Qatar," the 39-year-old added.

In turn, Qatar Bowling Federation President Abdulsalam Abbas, who also serves as president of the Arab federation and vice president of the championship's organizing committee, expressed his delight at the sounding success of the tournament.

He added that the championship is the biggest in the history of the World Bowling, the international governing body of the sport, noting that the Doha edition saw great success in terms of organization and technical standards.

Source: Qatar News Agency