Robert Andersson & Martin Paulsson lead in Doubles after Day Two Preliminaries

    08/20/12

    2012 MEC Austria

    Swedes average 226 on the long pattern to pace the field as Squad 1 & 2 have completed qualifying; Denmark, England and Germany above the cut line, Squad 3 &4 to bowl second block on Monday; the top 4 advance to the playoffs; Wells holds on the lead in All Events with a 220.58 average

    2012MECLogo2.jpg Two World Champions in Doubles, Robert Andersson & Martin Paulsson hold the lead in the doubles event at the Men's European Championships in Vienna, Austria, as Squad 1 & 2 have completed their 12-game preliminaries Sunday evening.

    The Swedes averaged 226 on the long oil pattern (44') for 5199 total pinfall and an overall average of 216.63. Andersson, who won the Doubles title with Martin Larsen at the 2006 Men's World Championships in Busan, Korea (the duo also won bronze in Doubles at the 2011 MEC), led the team with 2609 (217.42). Paulsson, the reigning Doubles World Champion with Mathias √Örup, was close behind with 2590 (215.83).

    Trailing the Swedes by 129 pins to sit in second place were Danes Thomas Larsen and Mik Stampe with 5070 (211.25). Third place belonged to Raymond Teece and Matt Miller of England, who joined forces for 5053 total (210.54).

    With Squad 3 &4 still have to bowl their second block on Monday, Marco Baade and Bodo Konieczny of Germany are on the bubble in fourth place with 5046 and an average of 210.25.

    England's Mike Quarry and John Wells, who led the field of 101 doubles from 34 countries after the first block on medium oil (38'), slipped all the way out of the medals to fifth place with 5041 (210.04.).

    Wells held on the lead in All Events with 2647 12-game total and an average of 220.58. Austria's Michael Loos was mere four pins behind in second place with 2643 with Thomas Larsen another six pins behind in third place with 2637.

    Squad 3 &4 will bowl their second block on Monday morning and afternoon. The top 4 will advance to the medal round starting Monday at 6 p.m. with the semifinals. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 bowls No. 3. The winners advance to the gold medal match, while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    The 5th Men's European Championships will be held from Aug. 16-26, 2012 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 204 players from 34 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.

    Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and the five-player Team event six games, with the top 4 teams advancing to the playoffs. No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    The top 24 players in All Events will advance to the Masters finals in best-of-three games single-elimination match play, which will conclude the championships on Saturday, Aug. 25. The championships features two oil conditioning pattern, number 1 is the medium pattern (38') and number two is the long pattern (44').
    Kegel LaneMap‚ĄĘ Guide Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria - Aug. 15, 2012 (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

    The MEC also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev. in suburban Las Vegas, United States.

    Each country receives ranking points in each discipline according to a system decided by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation Congress in 2011. The top 15 countries qualify for the 2013 Combined World Championships.

     


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    2012 MEC Doubles - Squad 1 & 2 after 12 games


    Games 1-6 games on the medium pattern (38'), games 7-12 on the long pattern (44')

     


    2012 MEC All Events


    Squad 1 & 2 after 12 games; Squad 3 & 4 after 6 games

     


    2012 MEC Doubles - Squad 2 after 12 games


    Games 1-6 games on the medium pattern (38'), games 7-12 on the long pattern (44')


     

    2012 MEC Doubles - Squad 1 after 12 games


    Games 1-6 games on the medium pattern (38'), games 7-12 on the long pattern (44')


     

    2012 MEC Doubles - Preliminaries after six games on the medium pattern (38')