Belmonte, Hoffman pull ahead of the men's field 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2007 BWC

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

     Qualifying leader Jason Belmonte (left), Australia, widened his lead to 252 pins in the quarterfinals to lead the top 8 men into round robin match play at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Aussie felled 7644 pins over 40 games, an average of 238.88.

    Photo: Beat Grauwiler. Click on the image view more.

    2007BWCBelmonteHoffman.jpg Bill Hoffman (right), United States is second with 7392 and has a 281-cushion over 3rd place

    2007BWCAndresGomez_small.jpg Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7111. Hoffman shot the second-highest 1903 series, while Gomez felled 1650.

    Belmonte had games of 279, 268, 243, 237, 258, 256, 269 and 228 Thursday at Continent Bowling Center for a 2038 8-game series, an average of 254.75. Belmo broke the previous World Cup record set by fellow two-hander Osku Palermaa on his way to the World Cup title last year, by seven pins.

    2007BWCPetteriSalonen3_small.jpg Palermaa is not here in St. Petersburg to defend his title as 4.time European Champion Petteri Salonen won the Finnish World Cup qualifier. Salonen sits just outside the top 3 in 4th place with 7094, mere 17 pins behind Gomez.

    2007BWCMarceloSuartz_small.jpg Fifth place belonged to Marcelo Suartz, who had a spectacular mishap in the sixth game when he lost his thumb insert and therefore threw the ball about 4 meters high and 10 meters wide down the lane.

    2007BWCMichaelSchmidt_small.jpg Suartz rebounded with 279 and 227 to take the fifth place with 7059. 2005 World Cup champion Michael Schmidt, Canada, moved into sixth place with 7053 behind a 1772 series today.

    Paul Moor, England; Thomas Gross, Austria; Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway; Remy Ong, Singapore and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela battled it out in the 32nd and final game fort he last two spots to advance to the semi-finals on Friday.

    2007BWCPaulMoor_small.jpg Moor (pictured right), the 3-time European ranking champion, closed out his 1809 set with 209 to move into 7th place with 6963.

    2007BWCThomasGross_small.jpg Gross (left), who won the Doubles title at the 2007 Men's European Championships in Austria, finished with 197, and was able to overtake Pedersen, who had a disastrous 157 game to miss the cut by four pins. Gross had 6930 or an average of 221,63 and Pedersen totaled 6926.

    Two time World champion Ong had to settle for 10th place at 6909, with Ruiz in 11th at 6898.

    Women's Division Round of 24

    Following 8 games of head-to-head competition (30 pins bonus for each win, 15 pins for a tie), the top three women will advance to the TV stepladder finals in best of three format on Saturday beginning at 10 a.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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