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Guerrero, Restrepo win first gold for Colombian women in Doubles


Bowling is listed as a Precision Sport at the X World Games 2017 and two of bowling’s powerhouses, Colombia and the United States of America, demonstrated their skills Sunday at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

In a hard-fought battle, Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo (right and above, l-r) of Colombia defeated Team USA’s Kelly Kulick and Danielle McEwan, 922-874, in two-games, total pins format, to win the gold medal in the inaugural women’s doubles event.

It is the first women’s gold medal for Colombia in the World Games history. The only men’s gold medal was won by Manual Otalora in the singles event 2009 in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

The women’s teams from the 16 countries, who qualified for the World Games, were split into four pools with four doubles each. The top 8 federations, two per pool, were seeded based on their overall performance at the most recent world championships. The remaining eight federations were placed into the pools based on a draw.

Each pool then had three matches where each team plays each other over two games. Two points were allocated for a win and one point for a tie. The top two point scorers from each pool proceeded to the finals where the matches were based on a predetermined draw, with the losers of semi-finals playing off for the bronze medal and the winners proceeding to the gold medal match.

Colombia as well as Mexico, Germany (left) and Finland (right) led their respective pools with three wins (6 points), while Singapore, Canada, Venezuela and the United States also advanced with two wins (4 points).

In the quarterfinals, USA flew past Germany, 1057-853, including a 556 opening game (McEwan 278, Kulick 278), Colombia eliminated women’s ranking leader Singapore (left), 949-847, Mexico downed Canada (right), 899-807, and in the closest match, Venezuela defeated Finland, 856-815, to set up an all-Pan American Bowling Confederation medal round.

Team USA carried the momentum into the semi-finals, starting with a 504 game to build an insurmountable lead, defeating Mexico, 902-812. Colombia sealed the 947-866 victory over Venezuela with a string of strikes in the last frames of the second game.

Mexico’ Sandra Gongora put on a show in the bronze medal match, posting games of 254 and 268 to lead her team mate Tannya Lopez (206, 237) to a 965-835 victory over Venezuela’s Patricia De Faría and Karen Marcano (left, r-l).

The Mexicans (right, from left Lopez and Gongora) received the bronze medal while the Venezuelans had to settle for fourth place.

In the title match featuring four champions on Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, the Colombians took a 39-pin lead in the first game that was highlighted by a 279 from Guerrero. Restrepo and Guerrero widened their lead to 59 pins in the middle of his game, when the Americans started striking.

However, McEwan and Kulick (left, l-r) were unable to catch up as the Colombians countered every strike to win the game, 432-424, and the match, 922-874.

While it was the first gold medal for Restrepo, a three-time PWBA champion, on world level, it was the last gold medal missing in the trophy case of two-time World Champion and World Ranking Masters winner, Guerrero.

The bowling competition in the X World Games 2017 conclude on Monday, July 24, with women’s doubles starting at 9 a.m. with the group phase.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the bowling events from July 21 through July 24, including reports, results and photos of each event.

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X World Games 2017 – Women’s Doubles Medalists

Gold: Colombia – Clara Juliana Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo
Silver: United States – Kelly Kulick, Danielle McEwan
Bronze: Mexico – Sandra Gongora, Tannya Lopez

Playoff Results:
Gold Medal Match:
Colombia (489, 432) def. United States (450, 424), 922-874
Restrepo 416 (210, 206), Guerrero 506 (279, 227) vs McEwan 427 (226, 201), Kulick 447 (224, 223)
Bronze Medal Match:
Mexico (460, 505) def. Venezuela (430, 405), 965-835
Lopez 443 (206, 237), Gongora 505 (254, 268) vs De Faría 420 (189, 231), Marcano 415 (241, 174)

X World Games 2017 – Round of 4

Single-elimination, two-games-total-pins format. Winner advance to the gold medal match, loser advance to the bronze medal match.

Match 1:
United States (504, 398) def. Mexico (415, 397), 902-812
McEwan 474 (290, 184), Kulick 428 (214, 214) vs Lopez 391 (192, 199), Gongora 421 (223, 198)
Match 2:
Colombia (456, 491) def. Venezuela (418, 448), 947-866
Restrepo 472 (214, 258), Guerrero 475 (242, 233) vs De Faría 472 (215, 257), Marcano 394 (203, 191)

X World Games 2017 – Round of 8

Single-elimination, two-games-total-pins format. Winner advance to the semi-finals.

Mexico def. Canada, 899-807
United States def. Germany, 1057-853
Colombia def. Singapore, 949-847
Venezuela def. Finland, 856-815

X World Games 2017 – Women’s Doubles Group Phase

Standings after three games of match play with the two-game total pinfall determining the winner. Two points per win, one for a tie. Top 2 teams advance

Pool 1
1. Mexico, 6
2. Singapore, 4
3. Ukraine, 2
4. Great Britain, 0

Pool 2
1. Colombia, 6
2. Canada, 4
3. Korea, 2
4. Poland, 0

Pool 3
1. Germany, 6
2. Venezuela, 4
3. Chinese Taipei, 2

4. China, 0

Pool 4
1. Finland, 6
2. United States, 4
3. Japan, 2
4. Denmark, 0

For the complete results, please visit the official website

Herbert Bickel

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