2017 World Bowling Championships
Colombian men and women top second squad
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1st December, Las Vegas: Colombian men and women topped the Men's and Women's 5-player Team second squad of the 2017 World Bowling Championships to moved into second in both the men's and women's standings after the first block.

Local favourite and host nation, Team USA's Jakob Butturff, AJ Johnson, Marshall Kent and Doubles gold medallists, Chris Barnes and Tommy Jones got off to a superb start with 1081 in their opening game to lead Denmark's Jesper Agerbo, Dan Ostergaard-Poulson, Mik Stampe, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen by 25 pins.

The Americans rolled 996 in their second game but could not hold on to their lead as Colombia's Manuel Otalora, Oscar Rodriquez, Santiago Meija, Jaime Gonzalez and Andres Gomez added a splendid 1083 to their first game of 1043 to take over the lead.

Denmark remained in second following their second stronger game of 1048 to trail the Colombians by 22 pins. Team USA slipped down to third, a further 27 pins away.

Colombia topping Squad 2 to move into second overall

Malaysia moved into fourth with Autralia's Jason Belmonte, Adam Hayes, Ashley Warren, Lachlan Merchant and Sam Cooley in fifth. With a benchmark of 3141 set by Chinese Taipei in the first squad, Colombia needed 1015 or more to take over top spot. They did themselves proud ending the first block with 1001 to moved into second overall with 3127 and topping the second squad.

Australia snatched second spot with a stunning 1093 to finished third overall with 3102. Team USA ended with a decent 973 to take up third in this squad and fourth overall with 3050. Canada, who was second before the second squad ended in fifth overall, just one pin off USA.

Colombia had plenty to cheer for as their women also topped the WOmen's 5-player Team second squad with 3105. Korea's Kim Moonjeong, Kim Minhee, Hong Haeni, Lee Nayoung and Jung Dawun set the eraly pace with 1086 to lead Denmark by 31 pins.

Rikke Holm Agerbo, Sascha Wedel, Mika Glud Culdbaek, Britt Brondsted and Singles silver medallist, Mai Ginge Jensen shot the highest game in the second with 1085, adding to their opening game of 1055, to move into the lead.

Chinese Taipei's Chou Chia-Chen, Huang Chiung-Yao, Pan Yu-Fen, Wang Ya-Ting and Tsai Hsin-Yi also rolled a good game of 1084 to trail the Danes by 41 pins as Korea downed only 949 to slip behind Colombia in third.

Juliana Franco, Anggie Ramirez, Rocio Restrepo, Maria Rodriquez and two-time World Cup champion, Clara Guerrero fired a sizzling 1069 in their third game to snatch top spot with 3105.

Women's Squad 2 leader, Colombia finishing second overall

Chinese Taipei, who had ended the block earlier and thought they would join their men counterpart in top spot, saw the Colombians ending stronger. The Taiwanese settled for second spot with 3076 as Korea bounced back with 1031 to claim third spot with 3066. Squad 1 leader, Malaysia remained overall leader with 3117 while Colombia took second position. Chinese Taipei finished third and Korea fourth.

The top 22 men's team and top 22 women's team were assigned into Squad A. Teams positioned 23 onwards will bowl their remaining three games in the second block tomorrow morning while Squad A will battle it out in the afternoon for the top four semi-final spots.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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