Ukrainian Daria Kovalova wins gold in Singles and All Events at European Youth Championships

    04/24/11

    2011 EYC

    Steven Wiersema wins Boys Singles; runner-up Joshua Schuurman becomes All Events champion

    2011EYCGirlsSinglesTop4.jpgOn the penultimate day of competition the medals in Singles and All Events were decided in the 24th European Youth Championships Saturday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

    Both top seeds cruised to the titles in boys and girls Singles. Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, who posted a 1357 series in the girls preliminaries to earn the top spot en route to capture the All Events title, raced past No. 2 seed and All Events runner-up Adina Kindzule, Latvia, 268-184, to win her second gold medal within a few hours.

    L-R Kindzule, Kovalova, Almestrand and Pajak.

    2011EYCGirlsAllEventsTop3.jpgIn the semifinals Kovalova topped No. 4 seed Daria Pajak, Poland, 234-214, while Kindzule ousted No. 3 Line Berg Almestrand, Norway, 192-150. Kindzule received the silver medal while Pajak and Almestrand shared bronze.

    Kovalova (pictured right, center) , who had six-game series of 1221 in Doubles, 1344 in Team and 1357 in Singles, claimed the All Events title with 3922 and an average of 217.89 for 18 games. Kindzule (left) was 100 pins behind in second place with 3822 (212.33) and Bethany Hedley (right), England, earned bronze with 3820 (212.22).

    2011EYCBoysSinglesTop4.jpgIn the boys Singles title match, top seeded Steven Wiersema, Germany, and No. 2 Joshua Schuurman, Netherlands, squared off. Wiersema, who had 1431 in the preliminaries, topped Schuurman, who had a 300 in the Team event and 1414 in Singles, 221-196, to capture the first gold medal for the host country.

    In the semis, Wiersema eliminated No. 4 Arturs Levikins, Latvia, 225-205, while Schuurman edged No. 3 Elliot Crosby, England, who had a 299 in the fourth game of the prelims, 227-215. Schuurman had to settle for silver while Crosby and Levikins shared the bronze medal.

    L-R Schuurman, Wiersema, Crosby and Levikins.

    2011EYCBoysAllEventsTop3.jpgSchuurman (pictured right, center) added his 1414 series to the 1202 in Doubles and 1433 in Team to earn the gold medal in All Events with 4049 and an average of 224.94 for 18 games. Jesper Svensson (left), Sweden, received silver with 3963 (220.17) and Daniels Vezis (right), Latvia, took bronze with 3961 (220.06).

    The 24th EYC concludes on Easter Sunday with the Boys and Girls Masters Match Play.

    2011EYCLogo_small.jpg The European Youth Championships 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).

    Photos and results courtesy of www.eyc.bowling-em.de.

     


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    24th European Youth Championships - Boys Singles Finals


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

    Championship Round:
    1. Steven Wiersema, Germany
    2. Joshua Schuurman, Netherlands
    3. Elliot Crosby, England, and Arturs Levikins, Latvia

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Wiersema def. No. 4 Levikins, 225-205
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Schuurman def. No. 3 Crosby, 227-215
    Championship Match: Wiersema def. Schuurman, 221-196.

     


    24th European Youth Championships - Girls Singles Finals


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

    Championship Round:
    1, Daria Kovalova, Ukraine
    2. Adina Kindzule, Latvia
    3. Line Berg Almestrand, Norway, and Daria Pajak, Poland

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 1 Kovalova def. No. 4 Pajak, 234-214
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Kindzule def. No. 3 Almestrand, 192-150
    Championship Match: Kovalova def. Kindzule, 268-184.

     


    24th European Youth Championships - Boys Singles Preliminaries


    The top 4 advance to the finals.

     


    Individual High Scores


    1 Game: Elliot Crosby, England, 299
    3 Games: Steven Wiersema, Germany, 768
    6 Games: Steven Wiersema, Germany, 1431

     


    24th European Youth Championships - Girls Singles Preliminaries


    The top 4 advance to the finals.

     


    Individual High Scores


    1 Game: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 279
    3 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 697
    6 Games: Daria Kovalova, Ukraine, 1357

     


    24th European Youth Championships - Boys All Events


    Finals standings after 18 games. The top 24 advance to Masters match play. The top 8 earn one bye.

     


    24th European Youth Championships - Girls All Events


    Finals standings after 18 games. The top 24 advance to Masters match play. The top 8 earn one bye.