Team USA sweeps doubles gold at Pan American Games



    Mexico's bronze medal from women's doubles reinstated

    2007PAGDoublesTeamUSA.jpg Powered by strong first games from both the men and the women, Team USA ran away with a pair of doubles gold medals Tuesday at the Pan American Games.

    Diandra Asbaty of Chicago and Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif., finished with a 12-game total of 5,356 to win the women's event by 387 pins, while Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., and Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, totaled 5,260 for a 158-pin victory at Barra Bowling Center.

    L-R Asbaty, Milligan, Page and Schaub. Picture courtesy of USBC.

    Victories by both duos continued the trend of American success at the Pan American Games. Since bowling received medal-sport status in 1991, the U.S. has amassed 24 medals, well ahead of second-best Mexico with 11.

    With a 164-pin lead entering Tuesday's play, Asbaty's 258 and Milligan's 225 helped push their lead to 238 with five games remaining and they never looked back.

    "It's an honor to win a gold medal with Tennelle and for the U.S.," said Asbaty, who had 2,757 in Tuesday's six games and averaged 229.75 in doubles - no game lower than 205. "The guys inspired us this morning and we just built off what they set up for us. This is a really great feeling to have."

    As an exclamation point, Milligan capped off the gold-medal performance with a 299 in the last game - leaving only the 10 pin on her final ball - and Asbaty closed with 257.

    "Coach (Jeri Edwards) said before that game, 'Enjoy the moment,' and we did," said Milligan, who had 1,329 Tuesday and averaged 216.58 in doubles. "Shots came off my hand with no added pressure.

    "Gold medals never get old. Dee bowled really well, and I hung around then came out at the end."

    Puerto Rico's Michelle Ayala and Yoselin Leon took silver with 4,969. Brazil's Jacque Costa and Roseli Santos were awarded bronze after Mexico's Adriana Perez and Sandra Gongora were disqualified due to the use of an unregistered ball. Mexico has 24 hours to appeal the ruling.

    July 26: Mexico's Adriana Perez and Sandra Gongora had their bronze medal from women's doubles reinstated by the Jury of Appeals after it was determined that Mexico did not use an unregistered ball in competition. Perez and Gongora finished the 12-game event with 4,935, just ahead of Brazil's Jacque Costa and Roseli Santos with 4,874.

    Earlier Tuesday, lefthanders Page and Schaub distanced themselves from the field quickly as well - shooting 505 in the first game followed by 466 to increase their lead to an astounding 254 pins with four games remaining in the 12-game event.

    "We came out the gates strong and had a good game plan," said Page, who shot 1,401 Tuesday (233.5 average) and opened with 259 and 269. "We had multiple looks - one with a urethane ball and one with a reactive ball. The urethane looked a little better to start; more controllable on the back end. We executed really well and our confidence was high."

    Schaub, who is making his Team USA debut at the Pan American Games, shot 1,241 Tuesday (206.83 average) - highlighted by a 246 to open the day.

    "It's an absolute great feeling," said Schaub, who uses a two-handed delivery. "Getting out to a great start was real important to us because it allowed us to try different things and get set up for tomorrow. Shooting 505 to start was incredible to jump out that far, that early."

    Brazil's Rodrigo Hermes and Fabio Rezende took silver with 5,102, while the Dominican Republic's Victor Richards and Rolando Sebelen claimed bronze with 5,048 - one pin ahead of Puerto Rico's Frankie Colon and Luis Rodriguez.

    The XV Pan American Games, which run July 13-29, are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic Program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The bowling competition, consisting of singles and doubles events, runs through Thursday at Barra Bowling Center, a 20-lane facility located in the Barra Shopping Mall.

    An estimated 5,500 athletes from 42 countries are competing in 28 sports at the XV Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Conducted every four years, the first Pan American Games were held in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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    Men's Doubles - Final Standings

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    * The Mexico women's team was disqualified due to the use of a ball that wasn't registered for play. Mexico had 24 hours to appeal the ruling. The bronze medal was reinstated by the Jury of Appeals after it was determined that Mexico did not use an unregistered ball in competition.