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Belgium leads after Day 1 in Trios preliminaries


2016MECTrioITARadiFiorentinoBoccatoThere were no changes atop the leaderboard after the third squad has completed the first block of the Trios preliminaries of the Men’s European Championships Wednesday at Bowling Stones bowling center in Brussels, Belgium.

Squad 2 leaders Bram Van Meerbergen, Koen Pellegroms and Mats Maggi (above, l-r) of Belgium finished the day in the pole position- The Belgians started their three-game series with 771, including a 300 game by Maggi, and added 666 and 630 to lead the field of 72 trios from 35 countries with 2067 and an average of 229.67.

2016MECTrioCZEJanovskyTalpaMacekSquad 1 leader Italy with Tommaso Radi, Antonino Fiorentino and Marco Boccat (right, l-r) was just six pins behind in second place with 2061 (229.00), immediately followed by Michal Janovsky, Marek Talpa and Jan Macek (left, l-r) of the Czech Republic, who were just one pin back in third position with 2060 (228.89).

Macek led all players on Wednesday with 759, a 253 average, including games of 279, 300 and 180.

Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the medal round after the conclusion of the second block on Thursday, were Glenn Morten Pedersen, Oyvin Kulseng and Tore Torgersen of Norway who toppled 2042 pins (226.89).

Defending trios champion Osku Palermaa of Finland and his fellow doubles champion, Joonas Jähi, and Juhani Tonteri led squad 3 with 2035 total and an average of 226.11, but missed the top 4 by just seven pins. Tonteri led the team with 723 and was followed by Jähi with 693 and Palermaa with 619.

2016MECJesperAgerboFinland and the next five teams after the first block, Russia (2033), Israel (2013), Sweden (2008), Austria (1998) and Germany (1997), are less than 50 pins off the pace for the medals, making Thursday’s second block before the cut to the top 4 for the medal round promising to be an extra exciting round.

Singles champion Jesper Agerbo (left) of Denmark maintained a slim 35 pin lead over Doubles champion Joonas Jähi of Finland in all-events. Agerbo, who had 643 in trios, continued to lead after 15 of 24 games with 3653 and an average of 243.53. Jähi is second with 3618 (241.20) behind a 693 series today.

Pascal Winternheimer of Germany hit 700 on the nose today to leap from 9th to third place with 3456 (230.40).

Squad 2 will start the second block Thursday at 9 a.m. with squad 3 to follow at 12.45. Squad 1 will conclude the preliminaries at 4.30 p.m. The semi-finals are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with the finals slated for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

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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2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go

2016 MEC Trios Preliminaries – Standings after Block 1/2

Top 4 advance to the medal round

300 games (2) – Mats Maggi, Belgium; Jan Macek. Czech Republic.

2016 MEC All-Events – Standings after Trios Block 1/2

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

Herbert Bickel

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