Helen Johnsson paces the women's field in World Cup after six games

    11/21/05

    41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia

     Helen Johnsson led the field of 68 women in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia, after the first of four six-game blocks. The 2-time Swedish national champion shot 1341 in Squad A and remained atop the leaderboard after Squad B had finished the round Monday evening at Gladiator Bowling Center.

    Malaysia's Wendy Chai (pictured) needed a 210 in the final game to overtake Johnsson but fell 19 pins short to take the second place with 1323 pinfall total. U.S. National Amateur Champion Lynda Barnes finished with a 247-game to move into third position with 1300 even.

    Dutch Marieke de Jong was fourth with 1278, with Nadia Aqeel of Bahrain close behind in fifth place with 1274. Swiss lefty Bigi Manico, who was second this afternoon, slipped to sixth with 1273. Multiple French champion and World Games winner in mixed doubles, Isabelle Saldjian, totaled 1261 pins to take seventh place.

    Rounding out the top ten are Ann Louise Haugen of Norway, sister of 2001 World Cup champion Kim Asbjörn Haugen, with 1258, Aida Granillo of El Salvador with 1235, and Fiona Banks of England with 1226. The women return on Tuesday at 4 p.m. (Squad B) and 7.30 p.m. (Squad B) for the second block of six games.


    Women Round 1

    A and B Squad after six games
    Players with position, country, 6-game total and average

    1. Helen Johnsson, SWE, 1341, 223,50
    2. Wendy Chai, MAS, 1323, 220,50
    3. Lynda Barnes, USA, 1300, 216,67
    4. Marieke de Jong, NED, 1278, 213,00
    5. Nadia Aqeel, BHR, 1274, 212,33
    6. Bigi Manico, SUI, 1273, 212,17
    7. Isabelle Saldjian, FRA, 1261, 210,17
    8. Ann Louise Haugen, NOR, 1258, 209,67
    9. Aida Granillo , ESA, 1235, 205,83
    10. Fiona Banks, ENG, 1226, 204,33
    11. Beatrix Pesek, HUN, 1213, 202,17
    12. Aumi Guerra, DOM, 1204, 200,67
    13. Ina Kunts, BLR, 1202, 200,33
    14. Trine Daugbjerg Simonsen, DEN, 1189, 198,17
    15. Patricia Schwarz, GER, 1187, 197,83
    16. Lynda Black-Watson, NIR, 1169, 194,83
    17. Evelyn Tutschka, AUT, 1163, 193,83
    18. Iliana Lomelí, MEX, 1155, 192,50
    (tie) Nardy del Biondo, VEN, 1155, 192,50
    20. Natalia Martin, POL, 1148, 191,33
    21. Lorraine Casha, MLT, 1144, 190,67
    22. Olga Tarasova, UKR, 1142, 190,33
    23. Ellen Ramos, PHI, 1141, 190,17
    24. Veronica Lalande-Lapointe, CAN, 1135, 189,17
    25. Belinda Tan, NZL, 1133, 188,83
    26. Cherie Shi Hua Tan, SIN, 1130, 188,33
    27. Piia Lutt, EST, 1127, 187,83
    28. Suzuna Miyagi, JPN, 1126, 187,67
    (tie) Laura Meade, IRE, 1126, 187,67
    30. Clair Johnston, AUS, 1119, 186,50
    31. Myria Kastori, CYP, 1118, 186,33
    32. Piritta Kantola, FIN, 1115, 185,83
    33. Sumathi Nallabantu, IND, 1107, 184,50
    34. Carmen Tang, HKG, 1106, 184,33
    35. Natassa Rovothaki, GRE, 1103, 183,83
    (tie) Yifat Tal, ISR, 1103, 183,83
    37. Veronika Solozhenkina, KAZ, 1101, 183,50
    38. Ana Maria Benko, ARG, 1095, 182,50
    39. Filomena Choi, Macao, 1091, 181,83
    40. Stepheny Le Lion, JER, 1071, 178,50
    41. Jacqui MacColl, SCO, 1069, 178,17
    42. Samy-Anna Saba, EGT, 1067, 177,83
    43. Sue Thomas, WLS, 1059, 176,50
    44. Rahma Mubarak Al-Sharqi, UAE, 1045, 174,17
    45. Olga Tabachkova, RUS, 1040, 173,33
    46. Daniele Amsellem, MOR, 1039, 173,17
    47. Polina Schischmanova, BUL, 1035, 172,50
    (tie) Julie Jackson, GIB, 1035, 172,50
    49. Sandrine Peelman, BEL, 1033, 172,17
    50. Dana Hanusova, CZE, 1028, 171,33
    51. Sandra Torrents, SPA, 1025, 170,83
    52. Odette Piticariu, ROM, 1015, 169,17
    53. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, REU, 1007, 167,83
    54. Anna Cionna, ITA, 981, 163,50
    55. Gudny Gunnarsdottir, ICE, 970, 161,67
    56. Daiva Perminiene, LIT, 969, 161,50
    57. Monika Bozsoky, SLK, 968, 161,33
    58. Manuela Soares, POR, 967, 161,17
    59. Elena Sergeeva, UZB, 964, 160,67
    60. Nadezda Logetskaya, AZE, 952, 158,67
    61. Ljiljana Rakamaric, CRO, 941, 156,83
    62. Barbara Brezic, SLO, 913, 152,17
    63. Gordana Radulovich, SMO, 910, 151,67
    64. Elena Capatina, MOL, 887, 147,83
    65. Diane Moore, IOM, 881, 146,83
    66. Antonieta Costa, AZO, 877, 146,17
    67. Joanne Johnson, GUE, 876, 146,00
    68. Rita de Franco, ETH, 861, 143,50


    Helen Johnsson sets the pace in the women's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

     Swedish international Helen Johnsson set the pace in the women's division after Squad A has completed the first of four six-game blocks in the 41st QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Gladiator Bowling Center in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The Swedish international finished with games of 237, 232 and 247 en route to a 1341 pinfall total, an average of 223,50.

    "This is my second World Cup and my minimum target is to make the top 8" said the 29-year-old Swedish international, who lost in the quarterfinals in Singapore last year. "The lanes are tougher than last year. You have to concentrate and make good shots. The pattern is similar to what we have in Sweden in the Super Series," she added.

    Bigi Manico of Switzerland, one of mere two lefties among the 33 players in Squad A (Squad B has 36 players, three of them are lefties) was second with 1273. Participating in her record 15th World Cup, Aida Granillo from El Salvador felled 1235 pins to land in third position. Fourth place belongs to Beatrix Pesek with 1213. The Hungarian held the lead after three games with 637.

     Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic is fifth with 1204, while Ina Kunts of Belarus is sixth with 1202. All other women averaged under 200. Iliana Lomelí of Mexico, who arrived this morning in Ljubljana and missed yesterday's official practice and the wonderful Opening Ceremony, is seventh with 1155.

    Eighth place belongs to the second lefty in the squad, Ellen Ramos of the Philippines, with 1141. Next was Suzuna Miyagi of Japan with 1126. Rounding out the top 10 was Clair Johnston of Australia, who had 1119, an average of 186,50.

    The 36 players from Squad B take on the lanes at 8 p.m.. The top 24 women after 24 games - four blocks of six games each from Monday through Thursday - will advance to the next round.


    Women Round 1

    A Squad after six games
    Players with position, country, 6-game total and average

    1. Helen Johnsson, SWE, 1341, 223,50
    2. Bigi Manico, SUI, 1273, 212,17
    3. Aida Granillo , ESA, 1235, 205,83
    4. Beatrix Pesek, HUN, 1213, 202,17
    5. Aumi Guerra, DOM, 1204, 200,67
    6. Ina Kunts, BLR, 1202, 200,33
    7. Iliana Lomelí, MEX, 1155, 192,50
    8. Ellen Ramos, PHI, 1141, 190,17
    9. Suzuna Miyagi, JPN, 1126, 187,67
    10. Clair Johnston, AUS, 1119, 186,50
    11. Myria Kastori, CYP, 1118, 186,33
    12. Piritta Kantola, FIN, 1115, 185,83
    13. Sumathi Nallabantu, IND, 1107, 184,50
    14. Natassa Rovothaki, GRE, 1103, 183,83
    (tie) Yifat Tal, ISR, 1103, 183,83
    16. Filomena Choi, Macao, 1091, 181,83
    17. Stepheny Le Lion, JER, 1071, 178,50
    18. Samy-Anna Saba, EGT, 1067, 177,83
    19. Rahma Mubarak Al Sharqi, UAE, 1045, 174,17
    20. Olga Tabachkova, RUS, 1040, 173,33
    21. Daniele Amsellem, MOR, 1039, 173,17
    22. Polina Schischmanova, BUL, 1035, 172,50
    23. Sandra Torrents, SPA, 1025, 170,83
    24. Marie-Pierre Tartaroli, REU, 1007, 167,83
    25. Daiva Perminiene, LIT, 969, 161,50
    26. Monika Bozsoky, SLK, 968, 161,33
    27. Manuela Soares, POR, 967, 161,17
    28. Nadezda Logetskaya, AZE, 952, 158,67
    29. Ljiljana Rakamaric, CRO, 941, 156,83
    30. Gordana Radulovich, SMO, 910, 151,67
    31. Elena Capatina, MOL, 887, 147,83
    32. Antonieta Costa, AZO, 877, 146,17
    33. Rita de Franco, ETH, 861, 143,50