Trios from Germany
finished squad 3 within 11 pins and cracked the top 4 in the trios preliminaries at the Men’s European Championships in Brussel, Belgium, with two of three squads in books.
Doubles bronze medalists Oliver Morig, Tobias Börding and Pascal Winternheimer of Germany (pictured above, from left to right) started the day in 10th place overall, 38 pins behind Finland and just 11 pins behind Sweden.
The Germans, who earned both bronze medals in doubles, averaged 220 for the day, including games of 663, 670 and 649 for 1982 and 3979 total, an overall average of 221.06, to take the lead by a whisker.
Trailing the Germans by 23 pins heading into the last game, Peter Hellström and World Youth Champions Pontus Andersson and Markus Jansson (left, r-l) of Sweden, rolled their highest game of the day with 671, but fell one pin short to sit second place with 3978 (221.00).
The Finns with doubles champions Osku Palermaa and Joonas Jähi and their teammate Juhani Tonteri (right, r-l), who led the squad after the first three games yesterday, maintained a 20-pin lead heading into the last game.
The defending champion (Palermaa, Joonas Jehkinen and Kimmo Lehtonen) finished with a low game of 618 to fell behind Germany and Sweden and tied Carsten Warming Hansen, Thomas Larsen and Jesper Agerbo of Denmark, who took the lead in squad 2 this morning, for third place with 3968 (220.44).
Singles champion and doubles silver medalist, Jesper Agerbo of Denmark widened his lead in All-Events after 18 of 24 games to second place Joonas Jähi of Finland to 67 pins, 4314 to 4247. Kert Truus regained third place with 4189.
The trios preliminaries conclude with squad 1 starting at 4.30 p.m. The semi-finals are scheduled for 8 p.m. with the finals to follow at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (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.
Danish trio sets the pace as Squad 2 has completed preliminaries
Belgium leads after Day 1 in Trios preliminaries
Belgium takes over lead in Doubles after Squad2/3
Italy sets the tone in Squad 1 Trios after three games
Jähi, Palermaa cruise to the Doubles title
Finland, Denmark, Germany (2) to bowl for MEC Doubles title
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 All-Events – Standings after Trios Squad 2 and 3
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
2016 MEC Trios Preliminaries – Squad 2 and 3 after 6 games
Top 4 advance to the medal round