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HENDERSON, Nev. - Team USA's Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones earned the gold medal in men's doubles Tuesday at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Adult Championships.
The pair 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. Colombia's Rocio Restrepo and Maria Jose Rodriguez took the women's doubles gold.
O'Neill and Jones 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," O'Neill said. "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.
"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."
Team USA 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. Shannon Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson finished 10th.
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.
For more information on the 2012 PABCON Adult Championships, visit BOWL.com/PABCON2012.
2012 PABCON ADULT CHAMPIONSHIPS
At Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center, Henderson, Nev.
GOLD - Bill O'Neill (1,436)/Tommy Jones (1,369), United States, 2,805
SILVER - John Janawicz (1,294)/Steve Smith (1,483), United States, 2,777
BRONZE - Alberto Lizano (1,292)/Alejandro Reyna (1,475), 2,767
GOLD - Rocio Restrepo (1,377)/Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,381), Colombia, 2,758
SILVER - Aseret Zetter (1,268)/Iliana Lomeli (1,381), Mexico, 2,649
BRONZE - Samantha How (1,276)/Caroline Lagrange (1,371), Canada, 2,647