No changes atop the men's leaderboard in Round of 24 at Bowling World Cup


    2011 BWC

    Top 8 qualifiers advance to Round of 8; Rivera, Belmonte achieve perfection

    2011BWCTommyJones4.jpg2011BWCJasonBelmonte2.jpgThe top eight qualifiers survived the second cut in the men's division of the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Monday afternoon at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Team USA's Tommy Jones (pictured left) averaged 229.50 for the eight-game block to maintain a 37 pin lead over fellow PBA champion Jason Belmonte (right) of Australia. Jones led the top eight players into the Round of 8 with 6739 total and an average of 240.68 for 28 games.

    The two-hander from Down Under remained in second place with 6702 but narrowed the gap to Jones by 34 pins with an 1870 set including his second 300 game in the tournament and the fifth overall.

    2011BWCMykhayloKalika.jpg2011BWCKimmoLehtonen3.jpgUkrainian Mykhaylo Kalika (left) and Kimmo Lehtonen (right), Finland, tied for the highest series of the day with 1927 or an average of 240.88, Kalika, who missed the sixth perfecto by one pin in game #27, remained in third place with 6681, just 21 pins behind Belmonte.

    Lehtonen, who had high games of 289 and 277, leaped three spots and was tied with Argentina's Lucas Legnani (1817) for fourth place at 6534, 147 pins off the pace for the stepladder.

    Mats Maggi, Belgium fell one spot to sixth place with 6520. Last year's runner-up, Biboy Rivera (below left) started the day with the fourth 300 of the tournament en route to finish with 1887 for the day and 6500 overall.

    2010BWCBiboyRivera3.jpg2011BWCFrancoisLouw.jpgRepresenting the host country South Africa, Francois Louw (right) closed out his set with 257 and 245 for 1881 to take the eighth and last spot to advance with 6470 and an average of 231.07.

    Steve Thornton, England, and Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, finished in ninth and tenth place with 6441 and 6430.

    Defending champion Michael Schmidt (below right), Canada, who has never finished lower than fifth in his previous five World Cups, leaped six spots behind a 1896 series today but missed the cut in 13th place with 6264.

    2011BWCMichaelSchmidt2.jpgFour of the eight countries represented in the men's Round of 8 are members of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF), with two members each of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) and the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON).

    Only three countries Finland (3rd and 5th), Philippines (7th and 6th) and the United States (1st and 2nd), still have both of their players in the hunt for the titles and the Bent Petersen Award for the top country.

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    The 81 men, who participated in the 47th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Northcliff Bowling Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, bowled 20 qualifying games, four blocks of five games on four days, before the field was cut to the top 24 who bowled eight additional games on Monday, Dec. 5.

    The top eight after 28 games advanced to the Round of 8 and will bowl another eight games on Tuesday morning to cut to the top three who will determine the champion in the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

    Photos: Beat Grauwiler.


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    Men's Division - Standings after Round of 24

    The top 8 advance to the next round

    300 Games (5) - Jason Belmonte (2), Tommy Jones, Lucas Legnani, Biboy Rivera.