The teams from Colombia paced the second squad in the five-player team event at the World Bowling Championships for men and women and moved into second place in the overall standings as all teams have completed the first block of three games at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.
Manuel Otalora, Oscar Rodriguez, Santiago Mejia, Jaime Gonzalez and Andres Gomez (right) rolled games of 1043, 1083 and 1001 on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern for 3127 total or an average of 208.47 to trail squad 1 leader Chinese Taipei by just 14 pins.
Spinners Wu Hao-Ming, Xu Zhe-Jia, Chen Chien-Ju, Hsieh Chin-Liang and Chen Wu-Chi (left) were the only other team that rolled all three games over 1000 (200 average) to lead the 36 men’s teams with 3141.
Soon-to-be four-time PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte of Australia, and his team mates Adam Hayes, Ashley Warren, Lachlan Merchant and Sam Cooley (right) closed with 1072 and 1093 to finish 25 pins behind the Colombians with 3102, good for third place overall.
Fourth place belonged to Team USA’s Jakob Butturff, AJ Johnson, Chris Barnes, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones (left) with 3050.
Just outside the box looking in are Canada’s Zachary Wilkins, Travis Cauley, Dan MacLelland, Mitch Hupé and Francois Lavoie (right) who were one pin behind the Americans in fifth place with 3049.
The next five teams Denmark (3044), Malaysia (3033), Germany (3014), Japan (3012) and 2013 Team champion Finland (3011) are less than 40 pins off the pace for fourth place, making tomorrow afternoon’s second and final block before the cut to the top four promising to be an extra exciting round.
2014 team champion Korea (left) sits in 13th place with 2948, 102 pins behind arch rival USA.
With three more games to go, Wu Hao-Ming (right) widened his lead in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team preliminaries) to 128 pins. The spinner leads the 213-player field with 4595 and an average of 218.81 for 21 games.
Jason Belmonte leaped five spots into second place with 4467 while Petteri Salonen of Finland remained in third place with 4463.
Colombia’s Juliana Franco, Anggie Ramirez, Maria Rodriguez and Professional Women’s Bowling Association champions Rocio Restrepo and Clara Juliana Guerrero (left) became the first women’s team to roll three games over 1000 as they rolled games of 1013, 1023 and 1069 for 3105 or an average of 207 missing the top spot by just 12 pins.
Malaysia’s Esther Cheah, Syaidatul Afifah, Shalin Zulkifli and PWBA champions Siti Safiyah and b>Sin Li Jane (right) held on to the lead with 3117, including a high game of 1102, an average of 207.80.
Chinese Taipei’s Chou Chia-Chen, Huang Chiung-Yao, Pan Yu-Fen, Wang Ya-TingTsai Hsin-Yi (left) were 29 pins back to take over third place with 3076, including a high game of 1084.
Korea’s Kim Moonjeong, Kim Minhee, Hong Haeni, Lee Nayoung and Jung Dawun (right) were further 10 pins behind the spinners in fourth place with 3066. Korea has won the team title at the last World Bowling Championships for men and women 2013, at Sunset Station in near-by Henderson, Nevada.
Denmark is just four pins outside the top 4 in fifth place with 3062 followed by the Netherlands (left) in sixth with 3036. The Dutch women, Nicole Sanders (228), Kelly French-Plummen (254), Denise Blankenzee (180), Maxime de Rooij (202) and Ghislaine Stigter-Van der Tol (255), closed squad 2 with a huge 119 game, the highest game so far, both men and women.
2015 team champion USA finished the first day of the preliminaries in seventh place with 3012.
Team USA’s Danielle McEwan (right) leads the 176-player women’s field in all-events with 4438 total and an average of 211.33 and has a 32-pin cushion over Tsai Hsin-Yi, who is second with 4406.
Sin Li Jane and Kim Moonjeong are tied for third place with 4366.
All five-player teams were split into two squads to bowl two blocks of three games over two days on the Beijing 39 lane conditioning pattern.
The top 22 teams in each division after the first block will be seeded in squad B on Saturday afternoon at 2.15 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), while the other teams will start the second block at 9 am in the morning.
The top 4 men’s and women’s teams will advance to the medal round in Baker format, which will be held on Sunday afternoon right after the trios finals.
The World Bowling Championships for men and women will be held from Nov. 25 through Dec. 4 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
The Championships will award medals in six disciplines in each division – singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and masters.
Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the combined World Championships including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with women’s singles preliminaries on Saturday, Nov. 25, all the way through to masters match play on Monday, Dec. 4, completed in the late afternoon.
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