Sweden's Hellstrom breaks six-game record at World Cup

KRASNOYARSK, Russia - Sweden's Peter Hellstrom broke the six-game record Monday as qualifying at the 49th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup got underway in Siberia.

Hellstrom finished with a six-game total of 1,543 to lead the men's division, while Canada's Caroline Lagrange leads the women with 1,510 at Sharovaya Molniya Bowling Center.

After opening the block with games of 267, 267 and 279 for an 813 series, Hellstrom finished with 236, 236 and 258 to complete his record-breaking total. Finland's Petteri Salonen was the previous record holder with 1,538 in 2007 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

William Ching of Venezeula sits in second place with 1,495, while Benshir Layoso of the Philippines is third with 1,479. Team USA's John Szczerbinski sits in 17th place after the opening round with 1,390.

The opening day of this year's World Cup produced three perfect games. Lithuania's Kestutis Gudauskas had the first one, while Alex de Vries of the Netherlands and Derek Lee of Macau also achieved perfection.

Lagrange just missed breaking the six-game record for the women. She entered the final frame of her last game needing three strikes but left a 7 pin on her first shot. The record belongs to Team USA's Lynda Barnes, who shot 1,531 in 2005.

Luminita Farcas Bucin of Romania is in second place with 1,412, while Team USA's Danielle McEwan is third with 1,400.

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.

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