The Swede Smell of Success – Tomas Leandersson elected to Hall of Fame – Brief Article
TOMAS LEANDERSSON OF Degerfors, Sweden, the 2000 AMF Bowling World Cup men’s champion, has been elected to the World Bowling Writers (WBW) International Bowling Hall of Fame.
Leandersson cinched election with his thrilling Bowling World Cup victory over Norway’s Tore Torgersen in Lisbon, Portugal last October. A member of Team Sweden for more than a decade, Leandersson contributed to that nation’s gold-medal efforts in the 1990 Nordic Championships, 1999 FIQ/World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships, and 1994 World Tenpin Team Cup, among other events. His individual achievements include the men’s singles rifle in the 1993 World Games and the 1999 European Championships, and bronze medals in the 1991 FIQ/WTBA World Championships Masters and 1999 All-Events. He finished second in his only previous AMF Bowling World Cup campaign (Johannesburg, South Africa, 1993). Leandersson, a three-time national champion, was also the 1993 World Bowling Writers World Bowler of the Year.
“The Bowling World Cup is one of the biggest titles you can win as an amateur, and one that’s been missing from my resume,” says Leandersson. “I think that winning it pushed me over the top in the voters’ eyes. Election to the Hall of Fame not only recognizes what an athlete has accomplished to date, but is also an endorsement of future success. This is a great, great honor to receive.”
Also elected to the Hall was the late Lita de la Rosa of the Philippines, who won the AMF Bowling World Cup women’s championship in Bogota, Colombia in 1978.
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