Abela takes the early lead in the women's division at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/05/07

    2007 BWC

    Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia (November 3-11, 2007)

    2007BWCSueAbela.jpg Sue Abela (left), Malta, took the early lead in the women's division Squad A in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia., with 1342 pinfall total and an average of 223,67.

    Abela started with 191, 213, 253 and 214, overtook the lead with 223 in game #5 and closed out her six-game series with 248. She was the sole player of the squad, who reached the 1300-plateau.

    2007BWCAnnMareePutney.jpg For the first four games, Ann-Maree Putney (right), Australia, was following in the footprints of her compatriot, men's leader Jason Belmonte. The gold medalist in the 1999 World Championships Masters event had 899 after four games but a 171 in the fifth game ciost her the lead. She finished with 212 to take the second place in the 39-player field with 1282 (213.67).

    2007BWCPirittaKantola.jpg Third place belonged to Piritta Kantola (left), Finland, with 1259, while 2001 World Games champion Sofia Granda, Guatemala, was fourth at 1257, with Sasha Luciano, Puerto Rico, fifth at 1245.

    2007BWCGhislainevanderTol.jpg Rebeca Veloz, Mexico, and Ghislaine van der Tol (right), Netherlands, were tied for sixth place with 1232. Rounding out the top 8 was Jo Allsebrook, England, with 1220.

    Women's Division Block 1

    Women's Squad B will conclude day one qualifying in the 2007 BWC at 8 pm local time (GMT +3).

    All players will bowl 24 games of qualifying (4 blocks of six games from Sunday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 7) to cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women.

    Those 24 will bowl eight games with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 32 games will bowl another 8-game block to cut to the top 3 for the TV stepladder finals.

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