Brazilian Suartz fires 1500 series to overtake the lead in Squad B after 18 games at Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCMarceloSuartz.jpg Marcelo Suartz (left), Brazil, took over the lead in the men's Squad B at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia behind games of 212, 246, 259, 279, 275 and 247 and 1518 six-game series.

    Photo of Marcelo Suartz: Dmitry Anisimov.

    2007BWCPetteriSalonen3.jpg The 20-year-old, who will start to study in Florida next year, overtook previous squad leader Petteri Salonen (right), who was third in the overall standing by 62 pins to lead the 43-player field with 4059 18-game pinfall and an average of 225.50.

    Salonen, who posted a record 1538 series on Monday, slipped to one spot despite a 1301 series to sit in second place with 3997.

    2007BWCRemyOng.jpg Two-time world champion and 3-time Asian games gold medalist Remy Ong (left), Singapore used a 287 high game for a 1386 series to move onto third with a 3956 total.

    2007BWCMichaelSchmidt.jpg 2005 World Cup champion Michael Schmidt (right), Canada, had the second highest series of 1397 to jump into fourth with 3892.

    First block leader Paulo Lopes, Portugal, is fifth with 3857. Mohamed Khalifa Al-Qubaisi, BWC winner in 1988, and Daniel Falconi, Mexico, are tied for sixth place with 3818.

    2007BWCPaulMoor.jpg Next are Mikael Andersen, Denmark, and Luis Rodriguez. Puerto Rico, with 3792 and 3788. 3-time European ranking champion Paul Moor (left), England, had a 1374 series en route to tie Paulo Valdez, Philippines, for 10th place with 3784.

    The 41 players from Squad A will start their third series at 8 p.m.

    2007BWCBelmonteHoffman.jpg As a footnote 12-game leaders Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Bill Hoffman, United States (l-r), had 2826 (235,50 average) and 2800 (233,33), 58 and 32 pins more than Michael Ourru, Ethiopia, who has after 2768 (153,78) after 18 games.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Men's Division Block 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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