Sweden takes 116-pin lead in Team event after the first block on short oil

    06/16/11

    2011 MEC

    Estonia's Kert Truus shoots the first 300 game of the 2011 Men's European Championships

    2011MECLogo.jpgMultiple European and World Team champion Sweden overtook the lead in the five-player team event in the Men's European Championships after the first block on short oil Thursday morning at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

    Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund, Karl Wahlgren, Martin Paulsson and Martin Larsen rolled games of 1088 and 1037 and closed things out with a huge 1189 game to lead the field of 33 teams with 3314 pinfall and an average of 220.33.

    Eklund led the way with 721 and was followed by Paulsson (695), Wahlgren (649), Andersson (638) and Larsen (611). The Swedes held a 116-pin lead over host country Germany which was second with 3198 (213.20).

    Tobias Gäbler, Marco Baade, Stephan Unger, Pascal Winternheimer and David Canady sandwiched a high game of 1114 between games of 1013 and 1071. Baade carried the team with 728.

    Third place belonged to Denmark with 3105. Thomas Larsen, Anders Lousdal, Jimmy Mortensen, Mik Stampe and Jesper Agerbo came out of the gates quickly with 1077 and 1116 but had to settle for third place behind a sup-par 972 in game No. 3.

    Aivar Leinemann, Olari Nebokat, Raul Beekmann, Tormi Soekorv and Kert Truus of Estonia had a slow start into the event with two games under par (based on a 200 average) but nearly matches the Swede's high score in the last game. Truus rolled the first 300 game of the 2011 MEC and led his team to a 1181 game and 3129 pinfall total, good for fourth place.

    All 33 teams will return on Friday morning for the second three-game block on long oil. The top four teams will advance to the finals on Friday afternoon.

    2011MECLogo.jpg 198 players from 34 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters. Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and Team six games with the top 4 teams advancing to the finals.

    No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    Photos and results courtesy of Deutsche Bowling Union (DBU).

     


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    First three-game block on short, second block on long oil. The top 4 advance to the finals.



    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Kert Truus, Estonia, 300
    3 Games: Kristijonas Sergejevas, Lithuania, 758

    Team High Scores
    1 Game: Sweden - Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund, Karl Wahlgren, Martin Paulsson and Martin Larsen, 1189
    3 Games: Sweden - Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund, Karl Wahlgren, Martin Paulsson and Martin Larsen, 3314

     


    All Events after 21 of 24 games