Finland's Oksanen, Strömberg win Boys Doubles title at 28th European Youth Championships


    2015 EYC



    2015EYCEmilStrombergNikoOksanen3.jpg2015EYCRobertLindbergBenjaminJonsson.jpgTop seeded Niko Oksanen and Emil Strömberg (pictured left, r-l) defeated Benjamin Jonsson and Robert Lindberg (right, r-l) of Sweden, 470-433, to win the first gold medal at the 28th European Youth Championships Monday at Bowl Play in Leipzig, Germany.

    Oksanen had 234 and Strömberg posted 236 to successfully to follow in the footprints of compatriots Tatu Lehtonen and Henry Laine, who won the Doubles title at the 2014 EYC in Odense, Denmark.

    2015EYCLauriSipilaTomasKayhko.jpgJonsson, who matched Oksanen's 234, and Lindberg, who contributed 199, earned the silver medal in the opening event of the Championships. The Swedes, seeded third in the preliminaries, ousted the other Finnish duo, second-seeded Tomas Käyhkö and Lauri Sipilä (left, r-l), in the semi-final match, 447-420.

    2015EYCValentinSaulnierGaetanMouveroux.jpgIn the other semi-final match, Oksanen and Strömberg flew past No. 4 Gaetan Mouveroux and Valentin Saulnier (right, r-l) of France, 456-357, to book their spot in the finals.

    Last year's runner-up Käyhkö and Sipilä shared the bronze medal with Saulnier and Mouveroux, who won his second bronze medal in Doubles after a third-place finish in 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

    Action shifts to the boys and girls team event on Tuesday (first block of three games) and Wednesday (second block). The top 4 teams will advance to the medal round starting Wednesday at 5.30 (semi-finals) and 6.30 (championship) Central European Summer Time (CEST).

    2015EYCLogo_small.jpg The 28th European Youth Championships will be held from March 27 through April 6, 2015 at Bowl Play, a 30-laner in Leipzig, Germany.

    The Championships drew 155 players, 97 boys and 58 girls, from 29 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) - Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1996 will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles, Doubles and four-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

    The 2015 EYC will be played on a 41-foot lane conditioning pattern with 25.56 mL volume oil total. Click here to view the Kegel LaneMap™ Guide of Bowl Play Leipzig.

    Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries feature six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches will be decided in one game.

    The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earn the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determine the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format.

    Competition kicks off with the Boys Doubles preliminaries on Sunday, March 29, and concludes Sunday, April 5, with the Boys and Girls Masters finals followed by a farewell banquet.

    Photos courtesy of German Bowling Federation.


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    28th European Youth Championships - Boys Doubles Medal Round

    2015EYCBoysDoublesFinalists.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Finland (Niko Oksanen/Emil Strömberg)
    2. Sweden (Benjamin Jonsson/Robert Lindberg)
    3. Finland (Tomas Käyhkö/Lauri Sipilä) and
    France (Gaetan Mouveroux/Valentin Saulnier)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No 1 Finland (Oksanen 246/Strömberg 210) def.
    No. 4 France (Mouveroux 159/Saulnier 198), 456-357
    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 3 Sweden (Jonsson 256/Lindberg 191) def.
    No. 2 Finland (Käyhkö 234/Sipilä 186), 447-420
    Finland (Oksanen 234/Strömberg 236) def.
    Sweden (Jonsson 234/Lindberg 199), 470-433.