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Lavoie, MacLelland shatter five records; cruise to Men’s Doubles gold


2015PAGFrancoisLavoieDanMacLelland.jpgFrancois Lavoie and Dan MacLelland from the host country Canada rewrote the Pan American games bowling record book by posting five new records Thursday at the Pan Am bowling center on their way to the gold medal in men’s doubles at the XVII Pan American Games “Toronto 2015”.

2015PAGFrancoisLavoie300a.jpgThe duo, which led the field of 14 nations after the first six-game block with 2712 (226 average), averaged 241.25 in the final block to re-break their own record with 2895 for record 5607 total (previously 5260), an overall average of 233.63.

2015PAGKristyDanMacLellandandHarperLynn.jpgLavoie ended the 300 game jinx ended when he fired the first 300 game in Pan American Games history in the fifth game (pictured right) and a 1381 series and 2677 for 12 games (223.08 average).

MacLelland (pictured left with his wife Kristy and baby daughter Harper Lynn) broke the six game record he set yesterday (1416) with a six game total of 1514 (252.33) and shattered the 12-game record (previously 2747) with his 2930 total (244.17).

2015PAGManuelOtaloraJaimeGonzalez2.jpgThe Canadians out averaged their nearest competitors, Manuel Otalora and Jaime Gonzalez (l-r, with their coach) of Colombia, by more than 13 pins. The Colombians, who started the second block in third place, averaged 223.67 to leap one spot and to earn the silver medal with 5289 and an average of 220.38.

Otalora led the way with 2715 and Gonzalez contributed 2574.

2015PAGDevinBidwellTommyJones.jpgStarting the day in second place, the U.S. duo of Devin Bidwell and Tommy Jones (left, l-r) had dropped to fifth place after nine games but pulled within three pins of third-place Mexico heading into the final game.

Bidwell rolled a 245 game, but Jones still needed to mark in the final frame, on a pair where he had thrown five splits in the first eight frames. Jones stepped up and buried the first two shots to push Team USA into third place to secure the bronze medal with a 5203 total (216.79).

Alejandro Cruz and Mario Quintero of Mexico were just 22 pins behind the Americans to settle for fourth place with 5181 (215.88).

Action shifts to the singles competition, which starts Friday with 12 games of qualifying, after which the field will be cut to the top eight bowlers for match play on Saturday. Bowlers will take their pinfall totals into match play, which will consist of one-game matches with the winner receiving 20 bonus pins. The top four bowlers after match play advance to the semifinals and finals, also on Saturday.

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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