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Canada's Lagrange leads women at World Cup

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications
Published: November 19, 2013 | Bowl.com
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KRASNOYARSK, Russia - Canada's Caroline Lagrange maintained her lead after two rounds in the women's division at the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

Lagrange has a 12-game total of 2,959 (246.58 average) and leads the field of 64 women at Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center. Sweden's Peter Hellstrom maintained his lead on the men's field with 3,061.

Lagrange followed up her 1,510 opening-round total with 1,449 on Tuesday in the second round. Singapore's Cherie Tan sits in second place with 2,860, while Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic is third with 2,836.

Team USA's Danielle McEwan finished the second round in fourth place with 2,769.

On the men's side, Hellstrom had his second consecutive strong day, shooting 1,518 after starting with games of 289, 279 and 237 for an 804 series. He started the first round Monday with an 813 series.

Germany's Bodo Konieczny sits in second position with 2,949, while William Ching of Venezuela is third with 2,932. Team USA's John Szczerbinski moved up from 17th after the first round to 11th place with 2,838.

Just a day after Hellstrom broke the six-game record, the record was crushed by Mats Maggi of Belgium, who fired 1,599 in the second round to move up to fifth place with 2,901.

There were also four more 300s Tuesday in the men's division, bringing the tournament total to seven. Tore Torgersen of Norway became the first player in World Cup history to bowl back-to-back 300 games. Or Aviram of Israel and Chris Sloan of Ireland also tossed perfect games.

The World Cup features a long qualifying format as all players bowl four six-game blocks over four days. The field is then cut to the top 24 men and top 24 women for eight additional games to determine the top eight for round-robin match play. After match play, the top three men and top three women advance to the stepladder finals.

All rounds of the World Cup are being broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.

For more information on the QubicaAMF World Cup, visit BOWL.com/WorldCup.

Photo courtesy of Beat Grauwiler

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