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Mexican women, Puerto Rican men defend team titles at Barranquilla 2018

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The men from Puerto Rico and the women from Mexico successfully defended the prestigious team titles in the bowling competition of the Central American & Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 Wednesday at Bowling Coliseum in Cali.

Cristian Azcona, Israel Hernandez and Jean Perez, who were on the team that won the team gold in the 2014 Games in Veracruz, Mexico, teamed with Andraunick Simounet and Francisco Valiente to lead the 10 men’s teams with 6667 total and an average of 222.23 as a team.

Puerto Rico led after the first block with 3308 and posted the field-best 3359 series in block two to cruise to the title.

The team from the host country Colombia used a 3293 second block to leap from fourth to second place and earn the silver medal with 6561 (218.70).

Mexico slipped to third place to earn the bronze medal with 6542 (218.07).

Their female counterparts Sandra Gongora, Iliana Lomeli, Maribel Orozco, Adriana Perez, Aseret Zetter and Lilia Robles (left) rolled the highest block in the team events, both men and women, of 3399 (226.60 average) to capture the gold medal with 6588 and an average of 219.60.

Mexico had games of 1196, 1037 and 1166 to overtake overnight leader Colombia (right) by 108 pins. The Colombian women slipped one spot to second place to earn the silver medal with 6480 (216.00).

Aruba (left) added 3066 to the 3067 from Tuesday to maintain third place and to earn the bronze medal with distant 6133 (204.43).

Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela and Thashaïna Seraus of Aruba led the 59 men and 58 women in all-events (non-medal event) after 24 games with 5504 (229.33) and 5431 (226.29), respectively.

All-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, trios and team event) served as the second qualifying event for the Pan American Games Lima 2019. The Venezuelan men and the women from Aruba already qualified for Lima in the South American Games.

The top 16 men and the top 16 women in all-events will advance to the masters finals, which concludes the bowling competition of the Central American & Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 Thursday. The match-play bracket will feature a best-of-three games format.

The Central American & Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018 will be held from July 19 (Opening Ceremony) to August 3 (Closing Ceremony) in Barranquilla, Colombia.

The following 37 nations take part:
Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela and the host country Colombia.

117 athletes, 59 men and 58 women, from 11 countries (Aruba, Bermuda, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and Venezuela) will participate in the bowling competition at Bowling Coliseum in the city of Santiago de Cali, host of the 2013 World Games, from July 26 to August 2.

The bowling competition features five disciplines: Singles, Teams of Five, Doubles, Trios and Masters.

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Herbert Bickel

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