There were no changes atop the leaderboard in the fourth and last squad in the Men’s European Championships doubles preliminaries Tuesday afternoon at Bowling Stones bowling center in Brussels, Belgium.
Finland, Denmark and two duos from Germany will bowl for the medals starting at 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) with the semi-finals. The gold medal match is slated for 6.45 p.m.
Osku Palermaa and Joonas Jähi (pictured, l-r) of Finland earned the No. 1 seed with record 2943 six-game total and an average of 245.25. The Finns fired games of 499, 487, 500, 461, 495 and 501. They also set a new Championship record for three games with 1486.
Jähi led the duo with 1525 (254.17), the highest six-game series ever at European Championships, and two-hander Palermaa added 1418. Jähi, Palermaa, who are the defending trios and team champions, will meet Marco Baade and Oliver Morig (right, l-r) of Germany, who took the fourth and last spot for the medal round with 2790 (232.50).
Singles gold medalist and all-events leader Jesper Agerbo and his teammate Jimmy Mortensen (left, l-r) of Denmark were 117 pins behind the Finns in second place. The Danes set the previous records for three and six games in squad 1 with 1480 and 2826.
Agerbo, Mortensen will take on Germany’s Pascal Winternheimer and Tobias Börding (right, l-r), who finished the preliminaries in third place with 2802 (233.50).
Denmark’s Markus Bergendorff and Mik Stampe led squad 4 with 2733 (227.75) to land in seventh place.
Agerbo leads the 218-player field from 36 countries in all-events (combined results of the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) with 3010 total and an average of 250.83 for 12 games.
His 1525 series propelled Jähi from 9th to second place with 2925 (243.75). Kert Truus of Estonia sits in third place with 2814 (234.50) with Morig just eight pins behind in fourth place on 2806 (233.83).
The 2016 Men’s European Championships will be held from August 17-28 at Bowling Stones, a 36-lane QubicaAMF-equipped bowling center in Brussels, Belgium. The nine-day competition started on Saturday, August 20, and culminates with the masters finals on Sunday, August 28.
Record 218 athletes from 37 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Belgium – participate in the event.
Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.
Singles, doubles, trios and team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in the prelims. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.
The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined scores in the singles, doubles and team preliminaries) receive the medals in all-events.
The top 24 in all-events advance to single-elimination masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.
In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.
The 2016 Men’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for male bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.
The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 men’s teams in Brussels will qualify for the combined World Championships.
Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.
Finns Palermaa, Jähi shoot into Doubles lead
Agerbo, Mortensen continue to lead Doubles preliminaries
Agerbo, Mortensen lead MEC Doubles prelims after Squad1/4
Jesper Agerbo shoots big games to win Singles gold
Jesper Agerbo leads Singles preliminaries after squad 2/4
2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go
2016 MEC Doubles Preliminaries – Final Standings
Top 4 advance to the medal round
300 games (1) – Ben Fishler, Israel.
2016 MEC All-Events – Standings after two of four events
After preliminaries in singles, doubles, trios and team (total 24 games), top 3 earn the medals; top 24 advance to Masters match play; top 8 receive one bye