Rocio Restrepo wins first gold of the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games


    Puerto Rico

    Bolera Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico (July 19-25, 2010)

    2010CACGRocioRestrepo.jpgColombia was off to a great start into the bowling competition of the 21st Central American and Caribbean Games which got underway on Monday at Bolera Caribe in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Rocio Restrepo won the first gold medal of the Games and Clara Juliana Guerrero added a bronze medal. Sandwiched between the two Colombians was Sofia Granda, Guatemala, who took the silver medal.

    Restrepo (pictured left), who has won her first medal on international level at the tender age of 15, silver in Singles at the 2003 World Championships, led the field of 72 players from 14 countries with 1316 six-game total and an average of 219.33. Restrepo started her series with games of 204 and 197 before she fired her 254 high game for 655. She finished with three consistent games, 227 and back-to-back 217s to win the title.

    2010CACGSofiaGranda.jpgGranda (right), gold medalist in Singles at the 2001 World Games in Japan, led the field after three games with 663 (206, 203, 254) but slipped all the way out of the medals after games of 180 and 205. Granda rebounded with a huge 247 in game six, to leap in second place with 1295 and an average of 215.83.

    2009VOClaraJulianaGuerrero3.jpgGuerrero (left), a two-time world champion at the 2009 Women's World Championships in Las Vegas (All Events and Masters), was off to a great start with 234 and 226 but suffered a 171 in game three for 631. The PBA Women Series player secured the bronze medal with games of 222, 204 and 247 and a 1291 series (215.17).

    Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, finished with a strong 244 but had to settle for fourth place with 1283 (213.83). Jessica Santiago and Mariangie Colon of the host country Puerto Rico landed in fifth and sixth place with 1271 and 1237, respectively.

    2010CACGLogo.jpg The 21st Central American and Caribbean Games (XXI Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos y del Caribe) will take place in the city of Mayag√ľez and in other cities of the Porta del Sol region in the west of Puerto Rico. The Bowling competition will be held at Bolera Caribe in Ponce from July 19-25, 2010.

    72 women from 14 member federations of CONCECABOL (Confederacion Centroamericana y del Caribe de Bowling - Central and Caribbean Bowling Confederation) - Aruba (6), Bahamas (6), Bermuda (6), Colombia (6), Guatemala (6), Mexico (6), Panama (6), Puerto Rico (6), Venezuela (6), Dominican Republic (5), Costa Rica (4), El Salvador (4), Honduras (3), Virgin Islands (2) - will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Trios, 5-Player Teams, All Events and Masters.


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