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Pluhowsky, Suartz win Singles gold to end Pan American Games

Team USA’s Shannon Pluhowsky and Marcelo Suartz of Brazil captured the gold medals in women’s and men’s singles Saturday to end the bowling competition of the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

L-R Guerra, Pluhowsky, Restrepo and Johnson.

Pluhowsky, seeded second in the women’s medal round, edged Doubles gold medalist Rocio Restrepo in the semifinals, 214-212, and went on to defeat Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic in the gold medal match, 223-212.

Guerra reached the title match with a 258-181 victory over top-seeded Liz Johnson, United States.

It was the second singles gold medal in Pan American Games for Pluhowsky, who also won the title at the 2003 event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Guerra received the silver medal while Restrepo and Johnson shared the bronze medal.

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On the men’s side, Suartz, seeded second, topped USA’s Devin Bidwell in the semifinal match, 202-182 to meet PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in the men’s finale. Monacelli eliminated top-seeded Dan MacLelland in the other match, 187-178, to deny the Canadian a second gold medal after his victory in men’s doubles.

L-R Monacelli, Suartz, MacLelland and Bidwell.

In the title match, Suartz defeated Monacelli, 201-189, to capture the gold medal for Brazil. Monacelli took silver while Bidwell and MacLelland were awarded bronze medals.

PanAmericanGamesLogo.jpgHeld every four years, the Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The Pan American Games are the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.

The XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” run from July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada, with preliminary rounds in certain events having begun on July 7, 2015. This year, 6,100 athletes from 41 countries and territories from the Americas are competing in 36 sports in the 15 host communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

Bowling competition took place at Planet Bowl in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada, from July 22-26. 56 players, 28 men and 28 women, from 15 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) member federations competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles.

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XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” – Men’s Singles Finals

2015PAGSinglesGoldMarceloSuartz.jpgChampionship Round:
1. Marcelo Suartz, Brazil
2. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela
3. Devin Bidwell, United States, and Dan MacLelland, Canada

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Suartz def. No. 3 Bidwell, 202-182
Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 Monacelli def. No. 1 MacLelland, 187-178
Championship Match: Suartz def. Monacelli, 201-189.

XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” – Women’s Singles Finals

2015PAGSinglesGoldShannonPluhowsky.jpgChampionship Round:
1. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States
2. Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic
3. Liz Johnson, United States, and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Pluhowsky def. No. 3 Restrepo, 214-212
Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 Guerra def. No. 1 Johnson, 258-181
Championship Match: Pluhowsky def. Guerra, 223-212.

XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” – Men’s Singles Match Play Results

Top 4 advance to the medal round

XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” – Women’s Singles Match Play Results

Top 4 advance to the medal round

Author: Herbert Bickel
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