Belmonte widens his lead on Day Three Qualifying in men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

    Argyrios Ketsetzis rolles the second 300 game of the tournament

    2007BWCJasonBelmonte2.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the High Roller champion from Australia, rolled games of 245, 190, 206, 289, 253 and 197 to lead the men's QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the third consecutive day.

    The two-hander, who is going to be married in eleven days, added a 1380 series to the 1452 from day one and the 1374 from day two for a 4206 18-game total and an average of 233.67.
    Glenn Morten Pedersen
    (right), Norway, finished Squad A with back-to-back 279 games and a 1469 series to jump into second place with 4119.

    2007BWCAndresGomez.jpg Andres Gomez (left), Colombia, was mere four pins behind with 1465 to move into third with 4113.

    Two-time U.S. National Amateur champion Bill Hoffman, who started the day 26 pins behind Belo in second place, could not match the Aussie's pace today. Hoffs had a 1299 series for 4099 pinfall total, good for fourth place.

    2007BWCMarceloSuartz.jpg Squad B leader Marcelo Suartz (right), Brazil, sits in fifth place with 4059 18-game pinfall and an average of 225.50. Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, who shot the first 300-game of the tournament, is sixth with 4055.

    2007BWCIldemaroRuiz.jpg Petteri Salonen, who posted a record 1538 series on Monday, slipped four spots despite a 1301 series today to seventh place with 3997.

    Rounding out the top 8 is two-time world champion and 3-time Asian games gold medalist Remy Ong, Singapore, with 3956.

    2007BWCArgyriosKetsetzis.jpg Argyrios Ketsetzis (right), Greece, rolled the second 300 game of the event and the 36th in the 43-year history of the Bowling World Cup (30 by a men, 6 by women). Ketsetzis is 27th with 3716.

    With the fourth and final qualifying squad to go on Wednesday, Vytas Gykis, Lithuania, mans the 24th and last qualifying spot with 3748 and an average of 208,22.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Men's Division Block 3

    The 84 men and 73 women representing 88 countries will return on Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the fourth and final six-game qualifying round to cut to the top 24 men and the top 24 women. Women Squad A will start the day at 8 a.m. local time (GMT +3), followed by Women Squad B at noon, Men Squad A at 4 p.m. and Men Squad B at 8 a.m.

    All players have then bowled 24 games of qualifying and the top 24 men and top 24 women will advance to the next stage.

    Those 24 will bowl eight games on Thursday (women at 8 a.m., men at 11.30 a.m.) with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 32 games will advance to round robin match play on Friday.

    Following 8 games of head-to-head competition (30 pins bonus for each win, 15 pins for a tie), the top three men and the top three women will advance to the TV stepladder finals in best of three format on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. with the women with the men to follow at 2 p.m. No. 3 meets No. in the semi-final, the winner will take on the No. 1 seed for the title.

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