Salonen shoots a new World Cup record to jump into third place in the men's division


    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCPetteriSalonen2.jpg There must be something in the Russian water. Petteri Salonen, who won four gold medals at the 2005 European Championships in Moscow, Russia, set a new record for six games on day two qualifying in St. Petersburg, Russia, en route to leapfrog 45 spots at the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

    2007BWCJasonBelmonte2.jpg Salonen had games of 247, 220, 256, 279, 279 and 257 for 1538, an average of 256.33 and 380 pins more than the Finn had his first block yesterday (1158). His 2696 12-game total propelled him from 48th to third place.

    Jason Belmonte (right), Australia, who held the previous record (1513 in 2004), remained atop the leaderboard with 2826 pinfall total and an average of 235.50. Team USA's Bill Hoffman is second with 2800 (233.33).

    2007BWCYahavRabin.jpg Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela; Glenn-Morten Pedersen, Norway; Andres Gomez, Colombia; and Peter Ljung, Sweden; who all bowl with Belmo and Hoffs in Squad A, fell one spot to fourth through seventh place.

    2007BWCRyanLalisang.jpg Paulo Lopes, Portugal, who led Squad B yesterday with 1385 mustered up 1206 on day two to sit in 8th place with 2591 (215.92).

    Places 9 thru 12 belong to some familiar names in international and/or World Cup competition: Yahav Rabin, Israel (left); Thomas Gross, Austria; Daniel Falconi, Mexico and Remy Ong, Singapore:

    2007BWCMichaelSchmidt.jpg 1988 World Cup champion Mohamed Al-Qubaisi slipped to 19th behind a sub-par 1171 series today with Doha Asian Games champion Ryan Lalisang (right), Indonesia, in 21st place. 2005 World Cup champion and last year's third-place finisher Michael Schmidt, Canada, currently holds the 24th and final qualifying position with 2495 or an average of 207.92.

    2007BWCWickyYeung.jpg Some of the other candidates for a spot among the top 24, top 8 or even more have still some work to do to survive the first cut after 24 games of qualifying:
    26. Guy Caminsky, South Africa, -8; 29. Nikolajs Ov√Ą¬ćinnikovs, Latvia, -26; 30. Wicky Yeung (right), Hong Kong, -42; 32. Mubarak Ali Al Muraikhi, Qatar, -53; 34. Daniel Lim, Malaysia, -60; 35. Paulo Valdez, Philippines, -62; 39. Achim Grabowski, Germany, -83; 40. Paul Moor (below, left), England, -85.

    2007BWCPaulMoor.jpg Men's Division Block 2

    The men are done for today and will return on Tuesday for the third qualifying block. The women's Squad B and A will bowl their second block at 4pm and 7.30 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. The cutoff number is currently 1237 or a 206.17 average, by Dong Ho Lee, Korea.

    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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