GOLD FOR THE QUEEN

March 31st, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

SINGLE WOMEN

Hopes BY Greece making the double of gold medals in both men’s and women’s singles Thursday afternoon were dashed when Sue Abela of Malta clinched the title with a six-game total of 1328, a score 47 pins better than the 1281 posted by Georgios Stafanadis of Greece to win the Men’s Singles this morning.

Solene, Abela and Gill

Popularly known as the Queen of the Mediterranean, Abela is the only competitor who has played in each of the 14 Mediterranean Challenge Cups and has won medals in all but one. She showed her talents in a masterclass on Thursday afternoon by not only topping the standings of the 12-nation women’s field but by being the only competitor, man or woman, who bowled six consecutive 200-plus games in this Singles event.

There was a wide gap of 147 pins to the silver medal, won by Goron Solene of France and the bronze went to Israel’s Rhona Gill.

“I think it was in Cyprus in 2002 that I failed to win a Mediterranean Cup medal,” commented Abela. “I always look forward to this event, I enjoy it a lot. I enjoy being here, with all the Mediterranean countries . It is a great tournament and I like to keep up my reputation as Queen of the Mediterranean.

“With 13 nations, this year is better than ever and Bowling Pedralbes is great to play in. With so many countries now it is tougher to get to the top and keep playing.

“I was mentally very good today. I trained hard, using the third arrow with a new ball with better rotation, a better approach and I came here focused 100 per cent.”

Abela left it until the last game for her high score of the series, a 245, but the honour of rolling the high game in the women’s field goes to Slovenia’s Mihela Krizman with a 257.

Competition continues Friday morning with the women’s Doubles opening the proceedings, then the men take to the lanes for their doubles stint. In the evening the mixed teams will play the first three of their six games.

Full details on: www.fiq.org/mcc and click on the large MCC logo.

P Player Federation S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 AVG Total
1 SUE ABELA MAL 206 213 216 203 245 245 221,33 1328
2 SOLENE GORON FRA 197 202 198 164 206 214 196,83 1181
3 RHONA GILL ISR 172 234 189 183 236 166 196,67 1180
4 NIKI SCHIZA CYP 202 191 160 224 191 210 196,33 1178
5 SANDRA TORRENTS CAT 214 173 181 202 181 215 194,33 1166
6 HELGA BIAGIA DI BENEDETTO ITA 182 198 176 222 186 191 192,50 1155
7 EBRU OZOGLUUNTUR TUR 177 170 220 173 215 190 190,83 1145
8 MIHELA KRIZMAN SLO 148 185 257 166 196 184 189,33 1136
9 LAURIANCE CELIE FRA 216 149 189 172 208 192 187,67 1126
10 SHAHAF ANTIN ISR 210 170 203 180 187 156 184,33 1106
11 MORENA BARBIERI SMR 180 202 170 230 177 147 184,33 1106
12 ALESSANDRA MORRA ITA 183 238 167 171 161 172 182,00 1092
13 TIZIANA CARANNANTE MAL 179 159 158 214 183 187 180,00 1080
14 GEORGIA SAGONA GRE 194 176 160 212 139 196 179,50 1077
15 MARTHA KARATZOULA GRE 209 177 195 158 157 154 175,00 1050
16 CRISTINA SANZ CAT 182 212 178 180 154 137 173,83 1043
17 MAJA DEBENEC SLO 157 167 171 181 194 159 171,50 1029
18 MYRIA KASTORI CYP 137 146 177 179 168 201 168,00 1008
19 HELLA MEZIOU TUN 159 167 176 169 161 139 161,83 971
20 DANIJELA VICKOVIC CRO 125 129 177 189 180 153 158,83 953
21 SLAVICA BARIC CRO 140 168 138 155 183 161 157,50 945
22 MILVA PIVA SMR 148 141 205 167 146 133 156,67 940
23 SONIA ANNAGUI TUN 161 151 155 122 161 181 155,17 931
24 GILHAN AKSULAR TUR 164 171 157 123 155 158 154,67 928

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