Latvian Boys capture Doubles title at 24th European Youth Championships


    2011 EYC

    No. 2 seed Vezis/Levikins defeat top seeded Swedes Svensson/Jansson

    2011EYCDanielVezisArtursLevikins.jpg2011EYCJesperSvenssonMarkusJansson.jpgDaniels Vezis and Arturs Levikins (pictured left, l-r) of Latvia claimed the first gold medal in the Boys Division at the 24th European Youth Championships in Germany when the duo won the doubles competition Monday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, a suburb of Munich.

    In a title match between the two top seeded teams, Vezis (237) and Levikins (202), seeded second, flew past No. 1 seed Jesper Svensson (197) and Markus Jansson (163), 439-360, to secure the title.

    The Swedes l(right) ed the 56 doubles from 30 countries and regions after the six games preliminaries with 2633 pinfall total and an average of 219.42 including a EYC record 537 game (Svensson 258, Jansson 279).

    2011EYCElliotCrosbyMichaelNock.jpg2011EYCArtemyZubkovAlexanderMinenko.jpgThe Latvians were mere five pins behind in second place with 2628 (219.00) including a 1372 high series in the first 3-game block. Vezis led all players with 1376 individual pinfall and an average of 229.33.

    The top 4 teams advanced to the playoffs. In the semis, Svensson (226) and Jansson (188) eliminated fourth seeded Elliot Crosby (168) and Michael Nock (237), England (pictured left), in a close match, 414-405, while Vezis (210) and Levikins (243) posted the highest game in the playoffs to defeat No. 3 Artemy Zubkov (204) and Alexander Minenko of Russia (right) (197), 453-401.

    Svensson/Jansson received the silver medal while Crosby/Nock and Zubkov/Minenko shared the bronze medal. It was the second medal for England and the third for Russia in the championships.

    Competition continues on Wednesday, April 20, for the first block of the Boys and Girls four-player team event.

    2011EYCLogo_small.jpg The EYC 2011 is divided in two divisions - boys and girls. Each team consists of maximum four male and four female players, who must not have reached the age of 19 before August 31st, 2011.

    Players compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Teams, All Events (18 games) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games) on a 40-feet sport compliant oil pattern (pdf file). Competition ends on Sunday, April 24, with the Boys and Girls Masters match play.

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    24th European Youth Championships - Boys Doubles Finals

    Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany (April 18, 2011

    2011EYCBoysDoubles.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Daniels Vezis/Arturs Levikins, Latvia
    2. Jesper Svensson/Markus Jansson, Sweden
    3. Artemy Zubkov/Alexander Minenko, Russia and Elliot Crosby/Michael Nock, England

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 1 Sweden (Jesper Svensson 226/Markus Jansson 188) def.
    No. 4 England (Elliot Crosby 168/Michael Nock 237), 414-405

    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 2 Latvia (Daniels Vezis 210/Arturs Levikins 243) def.
    No. 3 Russia (Artemy Zubkov 204/Alexander Minenko 197), 453-401

    Championship Match:
    No. 2 Latvia (Daniels Vezis 237/Arturs Levikins 202) def.
    No. 1 Sweden (Jesper Svensson 197/Markus Jansson 163), 439-360


    24th European Youth Championships - Boys Doubles Preliminaries

    The top 4 Doubles advance to the finals.


    Individual High Scores

    1 Game: Pal Selvnes, Norway, 280
    3 Games: Daniels Vezis, Latvia, 778
    6 Games: Daniels Vezis, Latvia, 1376

    Doubles High Scores

    1 Game: Jesper Svensson/Markus Jansson, Sweden, 537
    3 Games: Daniels Vezis/Arturs Levekins, Latvia, 1272
    6 Games: Jesper Svensson/Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2633