Belmonte eyes victory in men's qualifying at 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup

    11/07/07

    2007 BWC

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

    2007BWCJasonBelmonte.jpg Jason Belmonte (left), the two-hander from Australia, rolled his second 1400 series in the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup at Continent Bowling Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, to hold a 117-pin lead after the players from Squad A have finished their 24 games of qualifying.

    Belmonte, who had a 1452 series in round one, finished qualifying with 5606 pinfall total and an average of 233.58.

    2007BWCBillHoffman3.jpg Squad B leader Marcelo Suartz, Brazil, must shoot a new World Cup record of 1548 to overtake Belmonte by one pin and to win the qualifying.

    Team USA's Bill Hoffman (right) finished his qualifying series with a 269 game and a 1390 series en route to regain the second place with 5489 and an average of 228.71.

    2007BWCAndresGomez.jpg Former PBA exempt player Andres Gomez (left), Colombia, suffered two 182 games today but still managed the third-highest 1348 block including high games of 268 and 259. Gomez is third with 5461.

    2007BWCYahavRabin.jpg Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, who jumped into the second place in the overall qualifying standings yesterday with back-to-back 279 games, slipped to fourth behind a 1274 series. Pedersen totaled 5393.

    Fifth place belongs to Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, who rolled one of two 300 games thus far (Argyrios Ketsetzis, Greece, had the other). Ruiz managed 1212 in the fourth round and finished with 5267.

    Rounding out the top 8 are 6. Thomas Gross, Austria; 7. Yahav Rabin (right), Israel and 8. Peter Ljung, Sweden, the 1986 World Cup champion.

    2007BWCAlexeyParshukov.jpg Alexey Parshukov (left) of the Federation of Sports Bowling in Russia landed in 15th place with 5049 pinfall total and an average of 210.38. As the cut for the 24th place will probably be between 208 and 209, Parshukov's chances to survive the first are fairly good.

    If Parshukov will follow in the footprints of his team mate Eugenia Tsarkova, who made the cut in the women's division in 23rd place, it would be the first time that both Russian would survive the first cut.

    2007BWCLogo_small.jpg Men's Division Block 4

    The 43 players from Squad B will conclude the four-day qualifying round. The top 24 men and top 24 women after 24 games of qualifying 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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