Team USA's Johnson, Bidwell lead in Singles at Pan American Games


    2015 Pan American Games



    2015PAGDevinBidwell.jpgTeam USA's Liz Johnson and Devin Bidwell (pictured right) led the women's and men's Singles qualifying at the XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" on Friday as the field was reduced to the top eight bowlers for Saturday's round robin match play.

    The picture above shows the top eight men. L-R Francois Lavoie, Devin Bidwell, Amleto Monacelli, Mario Quintero, Marcelo Suartz, Tommy Jones, Dan MacLelland and Alejandro Cruz.

    Bidwell was third after the morning qualifying session, 16 pins behind Canada's Dan MacLelland, but took the lead in the second afternoon game. He finished with a 2753 total (229.42 average) for the 12 qualifying games and takes a 54-pin lead into Saturday.

    2015PAGDanMacLellandFrancoisLavoie.jpg2015PAGMarceloSuartz.jpgMacLelland and his team mate Francois Lavoie (l-r), who won the gold medal in Doubles, finished qualifying in second and third place with 2699 and 2694, respectively.

    Fourth and last place to advance to the medal round belonged to Marcelo Suartz (right) of Brazil with 2611 (217.58). Alejandro Cruz of Mexico took the eighth and last spot to advance with 2546 and an average of 212.17.



    2015PAGClaraJulianaGuerrero.jpg2015PAGLizJohnson.jpgJohnson (left), the Pan American Games defending singles champion, had a 2709 total (225.75 average), and leads Colombia's Clara Juliana Guerrero (right; 2634/219.50) by 75 pins. Johnson took the lead in the morning session and never relinquished it.

    The picture above shows the top eight women. L-R Kristie Lopez, Liz Johnson, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Sandra Gongora, Aumi Guerra, Shannon Pluhowsky, Thashaina Seraus and Rocio Restrepo.

    Thashaina Seraus of Aruba was further 43 pins behind Guerrero in third place with 2591 (215.92). Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, was just two pins behind in fourth place with 2589 (215.75).

    Kristie Lopez of Puerto Rico took eighth place with 2445 and an average of 203.75.

    Qualifying pinfall will be carried forward. Match play features one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the medal round, also on Saturday.

    PanAmericanGamesLogo.jpg Held every four years, the Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The Pan American Games are the second-largest multi-sport event after the Olympic Games.

    The XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" run from July 10-26 in Toronto, Canada, with preliminary rounds in certain events having begun on July 7, 2015. This year, 6,100 athletes from 41 countries and territories from the Americas are competing in 36 sports in the 15 host communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

    Bowling competition takes place at Planet Bowl in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada, from July 22-26. 56 players, 28 men and 28 women, from 15 Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) member federations compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Men's and Women's Singles and Doubles.


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    XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" - Men's Singles Qualifying

    Top 8 advance to round robin match play.


    XVII Pan American Games "Toronto 2015" - Women's Singles Qualifying

    Top 8 advance to round robin match play.