of Denmark, who averaged almost 250 in the preliminaries, rolled two big games in the medal round to win the gold medal in singles at the Men’s European Championships Sunday at Bowling Stones in Brussels, Belgium.
In the semi-finals, the top-seeded Agerbo (pictured left with the gold medal) flew past World Youth Championships gold medalist in all-events, Pontus Andersson of Sweden, 279-206, and then cruised to the title with a 274-248 over John Wells of England.
Wells (above right), who led the fourth squad with 1437, met squad 3 leader Mark Jacobs (left; 1444), Netherlands, in the other semi-final match. In a high-scoring affair, Wells advanced by 274-248.
Agerbo earned his fifth gold medal at European Championships after 2011 (team), 2012 (trios, masters) and 2015 (doubles). The only gold medal he is missing is in all-events, which he leads after the first of four events with 1492.
Wells received the silver medal while Jacobs and Andersson (right) shared the bronze medal.
Action shifts to the doubles preliminaries on Monday (squads 1 & 2) and Tuesday (squads 3 & 4). The medal round is scheduled for Tuesday starting at 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).
Kert Truus (left) of Estonia and Steven Gill (right) of Scotland rolled the 11th and 12th 300 game in the history of European Championships in the second game of squad 2. Truus, who finished the preliminaries in seventh place with 1412, became the first bowler ever to roll multiple 300 games at European Championships. His first came in 2011 in Munich, Germany. Gill was 67th with 1267.
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.
2016 MEC Singles – Medal Round
1. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 538 (2 games)
2. John Wells, England, 475 (2 games)
3. Mark Jacobs, Netherlands, 248 (1 game), and
Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 206 (1 game)
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 Agerbo def. No. 4 Andersson, 279-206
Semi-final Match 2: No. 3 Wells def. No. 2 Jacobs, 274-248
Championship: Agerbo def. Wells, 259-201.
2016 MEC Singles Preliminaries – Final Standings
Top 4 players advance to the medal round
300 games (2) – Steven Gill, Scotland; Kert Truus, Estonia