Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., and Sandra Jo Shiery
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) _ Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., and Sandra Jo Shiery of Bronson, Mich., captured the all-events titles to give the United States team its fifth and sixth gold medals in the 11th World Bowling championships.
Steelsmith, 23, a senior at Wichita State University, piled up a record 24- game total of 4,860 to take the men’s crown.
In addition to shooting the first 300 in the 33-year history of the tournament, the compact right-hander also helped the U.S. capture the men’s trios gold medal. He bowled a disappointing 1,146 six-game series, however, as the men finished eighth in the team event with 5,924.
Second place in men’s all-events went to Ulf Bolleby of Sweden, who totaled 4,718. Finland’s Tom Hahl took the bronze with 4,661 points.
Shiery, 22, a waitress, piled up a record 4,895 points in 24 games. She was the key factor as the U.S. women won the trios and five-women events.
The American women rolled a record 1,063 game early Thursday on their way to a victorious 6,011 six-game total. Sweden was second with 5,946.
Edda Piccini of Mexico took the all-events silver with 4,842 and Aasa Larsson of Sweden was third with 4,809 points.
Sweden took the five-man title Thursday with 6,272 for six games. Finland took the silver with 6,196, and Holland was third with 6,055.
The top 16 scorers in both men’s and women’s divisions advanced to Friday’s amtch play, and the top performers in that segement were to bowl in Saturday’s grand finals