Needing a 666 last game to secure a spot in the trios medal round at the Men’s European Championships, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Oyvin Kulseng and Tore Torgersen of Norway
fired a huge 739 game to jump into first place en route to earn the No. 1 seed in the semi-finals at Bowling Stones bowling center in Brussels, Belgium.
Starting the second three-game block in fourth place overall, the Norwegians posted 604 to trail squad leader Italy with Marco Boccato, Tommaso Radi and Antonino Fiorentino and to fall behind Russia‘s Yan Korshak, Nikita Kusnetsovand Maxim Okorokov.
While the Italians (585) and Russians (528) struggled in game two, the Norwegian took the lead in squad 1 with 657. Kulseng (257), Pedersen (247) and Torgersen (235) saved their best for last and became the lone of 72 trio which surpassed the 4.000 mark.
The Norwegians hit 200 on the nose today (222.22 average) to win the preliminaries with 4042 total and an overall average of 224.56. Pictured above from left, Torgersen, Kulseng and Pedersen
Oliver Morig, Tobias Börding and Pascal Winternheimer (left, l-r) of Germany slipped to second place with 3979 (221.06) with Peter Hellström, Pontus Andersson and Markus Jansson (right, r-l) of Sweden just one pin behind in third place with 3978 (221.00).
Defending trios champion Finland with Osku Palermaa, who was on the 2015 championship trio, Joonas Jähi and Juhani Tonteri, tied Jesper Agerbo, Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen (left, l-r) of Denmark for the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round with 3968 (220.44).
In a 9th and 10th frame roll-off, Denmark (Hansen X, XXX; Agerbo X, XX9; Larsen X, 9/X) defeated Finland (Jähi X, 9/X; Tonteri X, 6/X; Palerma X, XX8), 158-138.
In the semi-finals Norway meets Denmark and Germany takes on Sweden. The winners advance to the gold medal match, while the losers share the bronze medal.
Singles champion and doubles silver medalist, Agerbo (right) widened his lead in All-Events after 18 of 24 games to second place doubles champion Jähi to 67 pins, 4314 to 4247. Kert Truus of Estonia, who had the first of five 300 games in this Championships so far, regained third place with 4189.
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.
Germany, Sweden, Finland crack top 4 in trios
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 Trios Preliminaries – Final Standings
Top 4 advance to the medal round
2016 MEC All-Events – Standings after three of four events
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