Colombia's Rocio Restrepo and Maria Jose Rodriguez (pictured) and Team USA's Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones earned the gold medal in women's and men's Doubles Tuesday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.
Restrepo used a Roto Grip Critical Theory™ on the long pattern. Rodriguez used a Defiant™ (long pattern).
"This is a big deal for Colombia," Restrepo said. "A lot of our funding for our federation is based on us winning medals, so this is very important for us."
The PBA duo of Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones took the Men's gold. They tallied 2,805 for six games with O'Neill shooting 1,436 and Jones adding 1,369 to the winning total at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. They took the lead in the second game and never looked back, firing a 546 game to surge into the lead.
"Winning a gold medal never gets old, especially when I am able to do it with one of my best friends," said O'Neill, who won three gold medals at the 2010 Men's World Championships in Germany. "The key was our communication. Between the two of us we know each other's games so well and that was a big advantage."
The Team USA men finished first, second and fourth in the standings, just missing out on a rare sweep of the doubles medals, which last happened in 1974.
John Janawicz and Steve Smith took the silver with 2,777, while Marshall Kent and Patrick Allen finished fourth with 2,743. Costa Rica's Alberto Lizano and Alejandro Reyna tossed 501 in the final game to bolt into the bronze medal and past Kent and Allen by 24 pins.
In the women's division, Restrepo and Rodriguez rolled to the gold medal with 2,758, finishing more than 100 pins ahead of silver medalists Aseret Zetter and Iliana Lomeli of Mexico. Samantha How and Caroline Lagrange of Canada took the bronze.
The host country United States finished just off the podium with Josie Earnest and Stefanie Nation ending up in a tie for fourth place with teammates Diandra Asbaty and Leanne Hulsenberg. Their 2,604 total was 43 pins away from bronze.
The action now shifts to the Trios event, which will take place starting at 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday. BOWL.com's BowlTV is providing free live streaming of the entire tournament.
The 2012 PABCON Combined Championships will be held from Aug. 18-26, 2012 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev., United States. 196 players - 106 men and 90 women - from 18 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.
The event also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Strike Zone bowling center.