Daria Kovalova and Mikhail Kalika continue winning streak at Ukrainian National Championships



    2012UKRNCMikhailKalikaDariaKovalova.jpgDaria Kovalova of Kiev and Mikhail Kalika of Odessa (pictured left, r-l) emerged as women's and men's champion in the 12th Ukrainian National Championships when the 10th and last tournament concluded June 1 at Terminal Club in Brovary, town near Ukraine's capital city of Kiev.

    The Ukrainian National Championship featured 10 events from September 2011 through June 2012. Players received ranking points for their position in each event. The athletes with the highest point total out of their best eight events were crowned champions of the Ukraine.

     It was the sixth career national title and the fourth in a row for Kalika, while 17-year old four-time European Youth Champion Kovalova won already her third consecutive women's title.

    15-year-old Alexandra Yakunina and Alexander Kalika finished in second place with Nina Burmistrova and Alexander Kondratyev in third place.

    L-R Alexander Kalika, Alexandra Yakunina, Mikhail Kalika, Daria Kovalova, Nina Burmistrova, Alexander Kondratyev. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    2012UKRNCDariaKovalovaAlexanderKalika.jpgThe medalists finished the championships in style. Kovalova and Alexander Kalika (pictured left) each rolled a 300 game at Terminal Club and had the highest average of all competitors. Kalika averaged 243.21 for 14 games while Kovalova averaged 250.12 for eight games.

    The newly crowned national champions and the silver medalists qualified for the inaugural WTBA World Singles Championships Sept. 18-26 at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol, Cyprus. The champions will also represent their country in the European Champions Cup Oct. 15-22 at Dolfijn Bowling in The Hague, Netherlands.


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    2012 Ukrainian National Championship - Men's Final Standings

    Top 6 of 150 players with position, club/city and ranking point total

    1, Mikhail Kalika, Vekka, Odessa, 550
    2, Alexander Kalika, Vekka, Odessa, 532
    3, Alexander Kondratyev, Ultramarin, Kiev, 518
    4, Alexander Scherbinin, Kosmos, Cherkassy, 491
    5, Evgenii Karmazin, Maximum, Kharkov, 477
    6, Yurii Grynnik, Terminal, Brovary, 475


    2012 Ukrainian National Championship - Women's Final Standings

    Top 6 of 51 players with position, club/city and ranking point total

    1. Daria Kovalova, Brooklyn, Kiev, 222
    2. Aleksandra Yakunina, Magnit, Kharkov, 193
    3. Nina Burmistrova, Panorama, Dnepropetrovsk, 190
    4. Natalia Stepygina, Maximum, Kharkov, 179
    5. Olena Mischenko, Brooklyn, Kiev, 174
    6. Natalia Scherbinina, Kosmos, Cherkassy, 172