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Agerbo, Mortensen continue to lead Doubles preliminaries


2016MECJesperAgerbo2015EBT15JimmyMortensen6Jesper Agerbo and his teammate Jimmy Mortensen of Denmark led 56 teams after the first day of the doubles preliminaries at the 2016 Men’s European Championships with 2826 pinfall total and an average of 235.50.

The Danish duo posted games of 455, 452, 439, 448, 495 and 537 in squad 1 on Monday morning at bowling center Bowling Stones in Brussels, Belgium. Agerbo (left), who won gold in Singles and is the defending doubles champion, led the way with 1518, the highest six-game series of the Championships so far, and Mortensen (right) contributed 1308.

Squad 2 leaders Oliver Morig and Marco Baade (pictured above, r-l) of Germany rolled games of 514, 458, 469, 432, 500 and 417 to move into second place with 2790 and an average of 232.50. Morig led the duo with 1471 (245.17) and Baade added 1319 (219.83).

Sweden’s Peter Hellström and Markus Jansson slipped one spot to third place with 2746 (228.83). The first German team, Andreas Gripp and Frank Drevenstedt, fell to fourth place with 2718 (226.50).

The other 54 doubles in squads 1 and 2 were already sent to the sidelines as only the top 4 duos will advance to the medal round on Tuesday afternoon. Squas 3 and 4 will conclude the preliminaries on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. and 1.45 CEST, respectively.

Agerbo added 1518 to the 1492 series in singles to take a commanding lead in all-events (combined results of the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) with 3010 total and an average of 250.83 for 12 games.

With 116 out of 218 players having completed 12 games, trailing Agerbo by 196 pins to sit in second place was Kert Truus of Estonia with 2814 (234.50). Third place belonged to Morig with 2806 (232.83).

2016MECLogo2The 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.

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