Canadian women overtake Korea and Sweden to take the lead in Women's Trios


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    Canada, Korea, Sweden and Singapore hold the top four spots as half of the field has completed the second block on the long oil pattern

    2013WCCANRiouxHowLagrange.jpgInspired by the success of the Canadian men, won the gold medal in trios yesterday, Isabelle Rioux, Samantha How and Caroline Lagrange (pictured left, l-r) averaged 222.78 on the 39-feet Seoul lane conditioning pattern to lead the Women's trios event as the 34 trios of Squad 2 have completed the six-game qualifying.

    The Canadians had games of 569. 738 and 698 for 2005 on the long pattern to finish qualifying with 3825 total and an average of 212.50.

    Lagrange, who is married to Mark Buffa, who was on the gold medal trio, finished her series with back-to-back 250s for 679 to lead her team mates with 1354 total. How, who had the highest set on the long with 689, added 1281 and Rioux contributed 1190.

    2013WCKORJungKimBaek.jpg2013WCSWEJonssonJohannssonAndersson.jpgKorea's Jung Da-Wun, Kim Moon-Jeong and Baek Seung-Ja (left, l-r), who led Squad 2 two after the first block on the 33-feet Sydney pattern (1838) to sit in fourth place overall, slipped to second place with 3808 (211.56) behind a 1970 series today.

    The Koreans were followed by Sweden's Caroline Jonsson, Victoria Johansson and Sandra Andersson (right, l-r), who fell one spot to third place with 3727 (207.06) behind an 1894 series.

    2013WCSINNewDTanCTan.jpg2013WCMASCheahZulkifliSinLi.jpgSingapore's New Hui Fen, Daphne Tan and Cherie Tan (left, l-r) had a 1925 series but remained in fourth place with 3709 (206.06).

    The top four trios have to wait until Squad 1 is over to see if their score will hold up for the top four. For the other 30 teams the Trios event is already over.

    Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane (above right, l-r) of Malaysia fell just 18 pins short of the top 4 to sit in fifth place with 3691. Joan Gonzalez, Karen Marcano and Alicia Marcano (below left, l-r) of Venezuela were further 27 pins behind in sixth place with 3664.

    2013WCVENGonzalezKMarcanoAMarcano.jpg2013WCAUSPutneyGianottiFlanagan.jpgAussies Ann-Maree Putney, Carol Gianotti and Bianca Flanagan (right, l-r) were seventh with 3611 with Indonesia's Tannya Roumimper, Sharon Limansantoso and Putty Armein in eighth place at 3610.

    Team USA's Missy Parkin, Kelly Kulick and Liz Johnson (below left, l-r) finished Squad 1 in ninth place with 3593. Rounding out the top 10 were the three spinners on the Chinese team, Chen Dongdong, Zhang Chunli and Zhang Yuhong (below right, l-r), who totaled 3587.

    2013WCUSAParkinKulickJohnson.jpg2013WCCHNDongDongChunLiYuhong.jpgWith the women from Squad 2 having completed 18 of 24 games in All-Events (combined qualifying results in Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team) Sin Li Jane of Malaysia sets the pace with 3891 total and an average of 216.17. Baek Seung-Ja of Korea is currently in second place with 3882 (215.67) and Liz Johnson, USA, is third with 3836 (213.11).

    Squad 1 bowlers will bowl their second block on long oil from noon to 2.30 p.m. The top four will advance to the Medal Round starting at 3 p.m. PDT live on BowlTV.

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