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Gold for France in Mixed Doubles at Mediterranean Bowling Championships

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Men’s singles champion Valentin Saulnier and women’s singles bronze medalist Alexandra Lopes D’Andrade averaged 210.83 en route to win the second gold medal for France in the 20th Mediterranean Bowling Championships Thursday at Klub 300 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Lopes D’Andrade posted the first 1300 series by a woman with 1322 and Saulnier, who posted 1335 series in singles and doubles, added 1208 for 2530 total, the lone series above 1200 (200 average).

Trailing the French by 136 pins to finish in second place was Slovenia with men’s doubles gold medalist Anže Grabrijan and Victoria Krivolutskaya, who joined forces for 2394 (199.50). The silver medal is already the third medal for the host country.

Monica Jimenez and Ruben Orche of Spain beat out women’s doubles champion Sara Xuereb and partner Mark Spiteri of Malta for the bronze medal by 19 pins, 2357 to 2338.

There were no changes atop the leaderboard in men’s all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team event). Saulnier maintained a 113-pin lead after three of four events with 3878 and an average of 215.44 for 18 games.

Aleksander Koštric of Slovenia moved into second place with 3765 (209.17), thanks to a 1257 series in mixed doubles. Teammate Grabrijan slipped to third place with 3736 (207.56). With six more games to go, defending champion Evangelos Krizinis is 3521 pins off the pace for the bronze medal in fourth place with 3701 (205.61).

Mixed doubles champ Lopes D’Andrade used her 1322 series to shoot into the lead with 3606 total and an average of 200.33. Sue Abela of Malta, who led women’s all-events at halftime by 171 pins, managed only 1114 to fall to second place with 3569 (198.28).

Giola Pastou of Cyprus slipped one spot to third place with 3481 (193.39), with Krivolutskaya in fourth place with 3453 (191.83), just 28 pins off the pace for the medals.

Action at the Mediterranean Bowling Championship shifts to the mixed team on Friday. The 12 teams roll the first block of three games at 10 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) and the second at 3.30 p.m.

The 20th Mediterranean Bowling Championships 2017 (formerly the Mediterranean Challenge Cup) will be held from March 27 through April 1 at Klub 300, a 16-laner in Ljubljana, Slovenia. It marks the second time after the year 2013 that Ljubljana and Slovenia host the MBC.

The Championships drew 50 bowlers 26 men and 24 women, from 13 countries, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta, San Marino, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the host country Slovenia. Each country will be represented by a team of two female and two male competitors, except Gibraltar which participates in the men’s division only.

Men and women will compete in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, All Events and Masters as well as in Mixed Doubles and a Mixed Team event.

The 21st Mediterranean Bowling Championships will be held April 15-22, 2018 at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey.

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Author: Herbert Bickel
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