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Swedes Svensson, Wegner claim gold in EYC Masters

2016EYCWilliamSvensson.jpg2016EYCCajsaWegner.jpgSweden’s William Svensson and Cajsa Wegner captured the gold medals in boys’ and girls’ masters match play, which concluded the 29th European Youth Championships Sunday at Keiluhöllin Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

For the third consecutive year, Sweden led the medal tally, this time with five gold and five bronze medals.

Top 4 in boys Masters: L-R Jesse Ahokas (silver), William Svensson (gold), Brian Kjær (3rd) and Yorick van Deutekom (bronze).

Svensson fired games of 243 and 245 to sweep Jesse Ahokas of Finland in best-of-three games format, two-games-to-none, and to capture the boys’ Masters gold.

In the semi-final round, Svensson came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Yorick van Deutekom, Netherlands, 2-1, including a 248-225 win in the deciding third game. Ahokas swept No. 2 seed Brian Kjær of Norway, 2-0.

All-Events champion Niko Oksanen of Finland, who received a first-round bye was eliminated in the Round of 16 by No. 24 Tomás Vrabec of Slovakia, 2-0. Van Deutekom rolled the third 300 game of the Championships and the first by a boys in the quarterfinal round.

It was the second gold medal for Svensson, who started the Championships with victory in Doubles with Robert Lindberg and also won bronze in team and all-events. Ahokas, who averaged 227.88 on his way to the title match, had to settle for silver. Kjær and Van Deutekom shared the bronze medal.

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2016EYCCajsaWegner.jpg2016EYCMariaBulanova.jpgIn a match between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded girls, all-events and team champion Cajsa Wegner of Sweden defeated singles champion Maria Bulanova, 2-1, to win her third gold medal of the Championships.

In her semi-final match, Wegner eliminated 2014 EYC Masters winner and No. 4 seed, Lea Degenhardt of Germany, 2-1, while escaped her match against No. 3 Katie Tagg of England with a 185-182 win in the deciding third game.

Top 4 in boys Masters: L-R Maria Bulanova (silver), Cajsa Wegner (gold), Katie Tagg (3rd) and Lea Degenhardt (bronze).

Wegner has medaled in all five disciplines, adding bronze medals in doubles and Singles to her three gold medals. She rolled the second 300 game in this championship in the singles preliminaries (Shir Azulay of Israel had the first).

Bulanova’s silver medal was her fourth medal this year and the 15th medal in the past four European Youth Championships (3 gold, 6 silver and 6 bronze). Tagg and Degenhardt shared the bronze medal.

2016EYCLogo.jpgThe 29th European Youth Championships were held from March 18-27, 2016 at Keiluhöllin, Egilshöll bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The Championships drew 137 players, 84 boys and 53 girls, from 25 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Iceland.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1997 bowled in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles, Doubles and four-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

The 2016 EYC was played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 24.52 mL volume oil total.

Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries featured six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowled No. 4 and No. 2 took on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowled for gold and silver while the losers shared the bronze medal. All matches were decided in one game.

The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earned the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determined the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. Top 8 players received a first-round bye.

All photos courtesy of Olga Bulanova.

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Author: Herbert Bickel
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