Maria Bulanova, Alexey Fedin sweep the titles for Nizny Novgorod in Russian Championships

    12/03/14

    Russia

    2014RUSNCAlexeyFedinMariaBulanovaSergeyStarchenkov.jpg Maria Bulanova (center) and Alexey Fedin (left), both from team Alliance from Nizny Novgorod and both coached by Sergey Starchenkov (right), emerged as women's and men's champions in the Russian National Championships which were held from November 28-30 at 32-lane Sibiryak Bowling Center in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. The center hosted the 49th QubicaAMF World Cup in 2013.

    41 men and 19 women qualified from 13 regions in Russia for the three-day event which featured two different oil pattern. All players rolled two blocks of six games after which the field was cut to the top 24 men and top 12 women.

    The top 8 in each division after six games scratch advanced to seven games of round robin match play (20 bonus for each win, 10 for a tie) with the six-game total of Round 2 carrying over.

    2014RUSNCMariaBulanova300.jpg 16-year-old Bulanova, who became the youngest player ever to win a European Bowling Tour title when she captured the title in the 2013 Russian Open at the tender age of 14 averaged 229.23 for 13 games and won all but one match in round robin to cruise to the title with 3100 total including 120 bonus pins.

    In the fifth game of match play, Bulanova rolled the lone 300 game of the Championships and the first perfecto in her career.

    Ksenia Apaniakina of Moscow was 182 pins behind to take the silver medal with 2918 (216 average). Bronze went to Kristina Ushakova of Altay county, who was further 111 pins behind with 2807.

    2014RUSNCPodium.jpg Bulanova outaveraged men's champion Fedin by almost 15 pins. Fedin, who barely made the cut to the match play round, posted the field-best 1554 series, 222.43 average, and compiled a 5-2 won-lost record to jump from eighth to first place with 2892 total and an overall average of 214.77.

    Eugeny Mineev of Altay county finished in second place to earn the silver medal with 2850 including 100 bonus pins. Ilya Tsarenko of Moscow was mere seven pins behind to take the bronze medal with 2843 including 80 bonus pins.

    The photo shows the top 3 men and women on the podium. Photos courtesy of Max Bulanov.

     


    Women's Division - Standings after Round Robin Match Play (final)


     


    Men's Division - Standings after Round Robin Match Play (final)


     


    Women's Division - Standings after Round Two


    Top 8 advance to round robin match play.

     


    Men's Division - Standings after Round Two


    Top 8 advance to round robin match play.

     


    Women's Division - Standings after Round One


    Top 12 advance to the second round.

     


    Men's Division - Standings after Round One


    Top 24 advance to the second round.