Lisa John leads women into top 24 in 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup



    2006BWCLisaJohn.jpg Lisa John of England burst into the women's lead after 24 games at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Caracas. John moved from third place at the end of Tuesday's action to first on the strength of a 1,701 block Wednesday. She has 5,296 pins and a 220.67 average.

    This would be an especially satisfying victory for John, who went onto the disabled list 18 months ago following a car accident. "I had severe neck whiplash as a result and have only been back on the lanes since January," she said. A victory in Caracas would be her biggest individual triumph since winning the 1998 World Youth Games.

    2006BWCHelenJohnsson_small.jpg 2006BWCDiandraAsbaty_small.jpg Nipping at her heels is second-place U.S. national champion Diandra Asbaty (l.), with a 24-game total of 5,278 pins and a 219.92 average. Asbaty's closing game of 258 pulled her past Tuesday's leader, Helen Johnsson (r.) of Sweden. Johnson suffered a 159 score in her fifth game Wednesday to drop off the pace. She is now third with 5,261 pins and a 219.21 average.

    2006BWCLauraRhoney_small.jpg 2006BWCMaiGingeJensen_small.jpg Scotland's Laura Rhoney (l.), who rolled the first 300 game of this year's World Cup Monday, is fourth with 5,233 pins and a 218.04 average.

    Mai Ginge Jensen
    (r.) of Denmark follows in fifth place with 5,224 pins and a 217.67 average.

    2006BWCPuttyArmein_small.jpg 2006BWCMarieRamirez_small.jpg Putty Armein (l.) of Indonesia is in sixth spot with 5,191 pins and a 216.29 average. Costa Rica's Marie Ramirez (r.) makes her first appearance in the top 8 this tournament with 5,133 pins and a 213.88 average. She is in seventh place.

    2006BWCTanyaPetty_small.jpg Completing the top 8 is Germany's Tanya Petty (l.), also breaking into the golden group for the first time this year. Petty is averaging 213.79 on the strength of 5,131 pins.

    2006BWCClaraGuerrero2.jpg Clara Juliana Guerrero (r.) from Colombia finished qualifying with games of 256, 234 and 245 to post Wednesday's best eight-game set with a 1788 total, a 223.50 average. That was good enough to move the 2004 World Ranking Masters queen from 22nd into 11th place with 5093 pins, just 38 pins off the top 8.

    2006BWCKarenMarcano.jpg The women's field was trimmed to the top 24 following Wednesday's action. Venezuela's Karen Marcano (l.) rolled the third-highest block of the day (1759) en route to survive the cut with 5,010 pins for a 208.75 average and 14th place.

    She tantalized the hometown crowd in her seventh game Wednesday by stringing the first 10 strikes before settling for a 288 game, the highest game of the day.

    2006BWCBeatrixPesek_small.jpg Beatrix Pesek
    (r.) from Hungary used a 286-game move into 21st place 4902. The last woman to advance is Daniela Esposito of Italy, with 4,878 pins and a 203.5 average.

    2006BWCYoselinLeon_small.jpg Yoselin Leon (l.) from Puerto Rico rolled the second-highest 1778-series but missed the cut by 82 pins in in 26th position. Irina Sapova of Uzbekistan withdrew Wednesday morning after completing 16 games, due to injury.

    The top 24 report to Centro Nacional de Bowling Mampote Thursday morning at 8 a.m. for eight more games before the field is narrowed again, to the top 8. Those players roll seven more games and finish with a position-round pairing up to determine the three who advance to Friday's TV finals.

    Top 5 after 24 Games: 1. Lisa John, England, 5296 2. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 5278 3. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 5261 4. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 5233 5. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 5224.

    Top 5 after 22 Games: 1. Lisa John, England, 4918 2. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 4880 3. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 4877 4. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 4873 5. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 4814.

    Top 5 after 20 Games: 1. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 4521 2. Lisa John, England, 4469 3. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 4456 4. Putty Armein, Indonesia 5. Laura Rhoney, Scotland, 4384.

    Top 5 after 18 Games: 1. Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 4106 2. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 4056 3. Lisa John, England, 4046 4. Putty Insavilla Armein, Indonesia, 4013 5. Diandra Asbaty, USA, 4001.

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