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Canada’s MacLelland, Lavoie take the lead in Men’s Doubles after 6/12 games


Francois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland from the host country Canada averaged 226 in the first of two six-game blocks to take the lead in men’s doubles at the XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015” with 2712 pinfall total.

The duo (pictured above, r-l) shattered the old Pan Am Games record, held previously by Chris Barnes and Bill O’Neill, USA, at 2607, by 105 pins.

The Canadians started with back-to-back 507 and 502 before they suffered their lone sub-par game. They rebounded from a 377 game with 486, 406 and 452 to lead the field from 14 PABCON member federations.

2015PAGTommyJonesDevinBidwell.jpgMacLelland, who won the gold medal in Singles at the 2014 Men’s World Championships, led the way with record 1416 series (previous record was held by Chris Barnes, USA, with 1400), an average of 236, while Lavoie, who won gold in Trios at the 2013 World Championships, contributed 1296 (216 avg.).

Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones (left, r-l), United States, were 63 pins behind to sit in second place with 2649, an average of 220.75, including a high game of 578 (Bidwell 299, Jones 279). Jones led the duo with 1380, the second-highest block of the day, and Bidwell added 1269.

The 578 doubles game shattered the record held by Team USA teammates Chris Barnes and Bill O’Neill (515 set in 2011) and Bidwell’s 299 game set an individual game record, breaking the mark of 297 held by Canada’s Danyck Briere.

2015PAGManuelOtaloraJaimeGonzalez.jpgColombia’s Jaime Gonzalez and former World Games champion Manuel Otalora (right, r-l) hold the bronze medal spot with 2605 (217.08). The Colombia’s were able to overcome a 368 opening game with five games between 525 and 411.

Otalora paced the team with 1351 and Gonzalez contributed 1254.

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona and Jean Perez were just 23 pins off the pace for the medals in fourth place with 2582 followed by Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli and Ildemaro Ruiz in fifth place with 2570.

Doubles concludes Thursday with six more games which will determine the medalists on total pinfall after the 12 games.

PanAmericanGamesLogo.jpgHeld 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 Doubles after 6/12 games

Herbert Bickel

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