Marco Boccato, Tommaso Radi and Antonino Fiorentino of Italy
set the tone as squad 1 has completed the first of two three-game blocks in the trios preliminaries at the Men’s European Championships in Brussels, Belgium.
The Italians averaged 229, including games of 720, 660 and 681, to lead the 24 trios with 2061. Radi led the way with 709, with Fiorentino close behind with 708 and Boccato with 644.
Glenn Morten Pedersen, Oyvin Kulseng and Tore Torgersen of Norway were 19 pins behind in second place with 2042 (226.89), boosted by Kulseng’s 738 set, the highest three-game series in this squad.
Yan Korshak, Nikita Kusnetsov and Maxim Okorokov of Russia were further nine pins behind the Norwegians in third place on 2033 (225.89). Rankin Luke Camilleri, Mark Spiteri and Kenneth Arpa of Malta were fourth with distant 1924 (213.78).
Squad 2 and 3 bowlers will take to the lanes to bowl their first three-game block at 12.25 and 4.30 p.m. Central European Time (CET). The 218 bowlers from 36 countries will return on Thursday for the second block which will be followed by the medal round.
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.
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 Trios Preliminaries – Standings after Squad 1/3 Block 1/2
Top 4 advance to the medal round