Finland beats defending champion Sweden to win Team title in Men's European Championships

    06/13/09

    2009 MEC

    Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (June 4-14, 2009)

    2009MECLogo_small.jpg Finland became first country to win multiple gold medals in the 2009 Men's European Championships in Aalborg, Denmark, when Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen, Jussi Turtiainen, Petteri Salonen, Osku Palermaa defeated defending champion Sweden in the title match, 993-953.

    Dennis Eklund, Mathias Årup, Robert Andersson, Erik Andersin and Martin Larsen, the No. 3 seed, had to settle for the silver medal.

    With one event to go, Finland leads the medal tally with two gold and one bronze medal. Sweden has four medals, one gold, two silver and one bronze.

    The top-seeded Finns flew past No. 4 seed Germany with David Canady, Pascal Winternheimer, Dirk Völkel, Marco Baade, Tobias Gäbler in the semifinal, 1140-920.

    The Swedes eliminated No. 2 seed Dominic Barrett, Matt Chamberlain, Matt Miller, John Wells, Stuart Williams, England, 1034-950, in the other semifinal.

    It was the third bronze medal for England after Doubles and trios and the fourth medal overall after Dominic Barrett's silver medal in All Events. Germany's bronze was its first medal of the championships. Norway owns the other three medals, one gold, one silver and one bronze.

    The Men's European Championships conclude on Saturday with the Masters competition.

     


    20089 Men's European Championships - Team event


    Championship Round:
    1. Osku Palermaa, Petteri Salonen, Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen, Jussi Turtiainen, Finland, 2133 (2 games)
    2. Erik Andersin, Dennis Eklund, Mathias Årup, Martin Larsen, Robert Andersson, Sweden, 1987 (2 games)
    3. Dominic Barrett, Matt Chamberlain, Matt Miller, John Wells, Stuart Williams, England, 950 (1 game)
    (tie) David Canady, Pascal Winternheimer, Dirk Völkel, Marco Baade, Tobias Gäbler, Germany, 920 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    #1 Joonas Jähi (213)/Kimmo Lehtonen (244)/Jussi Turtiainen (221)/Petteri Salonen (269)/Osku Palermaa (193 def.
    #4 David Canady (193)/Pascal Winternheimer (169)/Dirk Völkel (180)/Tobias Gäbler (193), Kai Günther (185), 1140-920
    Semifinal Match 2:
    #3 Dennis Eklund (178)/Mathias Årup (228)/Robert Andersson (222)/Erik Andersin (218)/Martin Larsen (188) def.
    #2 Matt Chamberlain (167)/Dominic Barrett (211)/Stuart Williams (190)/John Wells (208)/Matt Miller (174), 1034-950
    Championship Match:
    #1 Joonas Jähi (190)/ Kimmo Lehtonen (177)/ Jussi Turtiainen (212)/ Petteri Salonen (221)/ Osku Palermaa (193) def.
    #3 Dennis Eklund (189)/ Mathias Årup (163)/ Robert Andersson (226)/ Erik Andersin (172)/ Martin Larsen (203), 993-953.

     


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