Singles champion and defending doubles champion Jesper Agerbo and his teammate Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark lead the doubles event at the 2016 Men’s European Championships after the conclusion of squad 1 of 4 with 2826 pinfall total and an average of 235.50.
The duo posted games of 455, 452, 439, 448, 495 and 537. Jouni Helminen and Jouko Kuossari of Finland hold the record for one game since 1993 in Malmoe, Sweden, with 557.
Agerbo added 1518 to the 1492 series in singles to set the pace in all-events with 3010 (250.83 average). Mortensen contributed 1308.
The Danes led Sweden’s Peter Hellström and Markus Jansson (2746) by 80 pins, with Germany’s Andreas Gripp and Frank Drevenstedt in third with 2718 and Oyvin Kulseng and Svein Åke Ek of Norway in fourth place with 2691.
Only the top 4 duos will advance to the medal round on Tuesday afternoon. Squad 2 bowlers will conclude the first day of the preliminaries starting at 2.45 CEST.
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.
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 – Standings after Squad 1/4
Top 4 advance to the medal round