Jason Belmonte continues to lead in Men's World Cup with 250-plus average after three blocks


    2011 BWC

    Lucas Legnani shoots third perfecto of the tournament; cut for 24th place is 3237 (215.80 average)

    2011BWCTommyJones.jpg2011BWCJasonBelmonte3.jpgJason Belmonte (pictured left) rolled one of eight 1200-plus series (a 240 average) on the third day of qualifying in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa and continued to lead the 81-player men's division with 3755 total and an average of 250.33 for 15 games.

    The Aussie, who made six of eight TV shows in the PBA World Series of Bowling last month, chalked up 1220 (244 avg.), his lowest set of the tournament so far after 1278 and 1257 in the first two blocks. The 2008-2009 PBA Rookie of the Year, maintained a 54-pin lead over fellow PBA champion Tommy Jones (right), United States.

    2011BWCKimmoLehtonen2.jpg2011BWCMykhayloKalika.jpgThe 13-time PBA champion and PBA Player of the Year 2005-06 rolled the highest third block of 1246 (249.20) including games of 244, 231, 268, 265 and 238 to hold second place with 3701 (246.73).

    Long-time Finnish national team member Kimmo Lehtonen (left) was 134 pins behind Jones in third place with 3567 after an 1172 set including a 290 game.

    Mykhaylo Kalika (right), Ukraine, used a 1204 series to tie Francois Louw (1174), South Africa, for fourth place at 3544. Patrick Bohm, Sweden, leaped one spot to sixth place with 1142 and 3462 total.

    Mats Maggi, Belgium, had two 278 games in his 1225 series to jump from 13th to seventh place with 3445. Steve Thornton (1188), England, was mere one pin behind in eighth place with 3444.

    2011BWCLucasLegnani.jpg2011BWCMaximKobelkov.jpgLucas Legnani (left) of Argentina started his third block with a bang by rolling the third 300 game of the tournament (Belmonte and Jones had the others). Legnani added 237, 232, 256 and 190 for 1215 (243 avg.) to move from 14th to 10th place with 3433 total.

    Maxim Kobelkov (right) mad the biggest move thanks to the second highest 1243 series including a 298 final game. The Russian rocketed from 57th to 28th place with 3184 total.

    The top 14 players averaged over 220 for 15 games, the top 30 averaged over 210 and the top 45 averaged over 200. With the final five-game qualifying block to go on Sunday, Surasak Manuwong (below right), Thailand, holds the 24th and last place to advance with 3237 or an average of 215.80.

    2011BWCBanner.jpg 2011BWCSurasakManuwong.jpgAll 81 men will bowl another five qualifying games on Sunday. The field will then be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

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    The top eight after 28 games advance to the Round of 8 on Tuesday, Dec. 6, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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    The top 24 after 20 qualifying games will advance to the next round

    300 Games (3) - Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones, Lucas Legnani.