Norway beats Denmark and Belgium to win Trios title at Men's European Championships

    06/17/11

    2011 MEC

    Like in the Doubles finals, the No. 3 seed defeats the top seed for the title

    2011MECEkPedersenRudshagen.jpg2011MECVansteenbruggeMaggiLeroy.jpgSvein Ake Ek, Glenn Morten Pedersen and Björn Einar Rudshagen (pictured left, l-r) of Norway defeated Belgium's Glenn Vansteenbrugge, Mats Maggi and Olivier Leroy (right, l-r), 606-561, to win the gold medal in Trios at the 2011 Men's European Championships.

    Like in the Doubles finals, the No. 3 seed, Norway) and the No. 1 seed, Belgium defeated their opponents in the semifinal to advance to the title match. The Belgians survived a close match against No. 4 seed Finland with Perttu Jussila, Jari Ratia and Kimmo Lehtonen (below left, r-l), 637-629.

    2011MECLehtonenRatiaJussila.jpg2011MECLousdalAgerboLarsen.jpgThe Norwegians ousted No. 2 seed Denmark with Thomas Larsen, Jesper Agerbo and Anders Lousdal (right, r-l), 666-590. Rudshagen made the difference with a 258 game.

    The newcomer on the Norwegian national team carried the momentum into the title match and posted another big game with 241. Pedersen had 195 and Ek contributed 170, while the Belgians, who averaged 216 in the preliminaries, had three games between 171 and 205.

    Norway bagged its second medal in the championships after winning the silver medal in Doubles finals. Belgium took silver and Denmark and Finland shared the bronze medal.

    Action resumes on Friday morning with the second three-game block of the five-player Team event on the long oil conditioning pattern. The top four teams will advance to the finals on Friday afternoon.

    2011 Men's European Championships - Trios Finals


    2011MECTriosTop4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Norway (Svein Ake Ek, Glenn Morten Pedersen and Björn Einar Rudshagen)
    2. Belgium (Mats Maggi, Glenn Vansteenbrugge and Olivier Leroy)
    3. Denmark (Thomas Larsen, Anders Lousdal and Jesper Agerbo) and
    Finland (Perttu Jussila, Kimmo Lehtonen and Jari Ratia)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 Belgium (Maggi 256, Vansteenbrugge 199, Leroy 182) def.
    #4 Finland (Jussila 204, Lehtonen 228, Ratia 197), 637-629
    Semifinal Match 2: #3 Norway (Ek 227, Pedersen 181, Rudshagen 258) def.
    #2 Denmark (Larsen 231, Lousdal 156, Agerbo 203), 590-666
    Championship: #3 Norway (Ek 170, Pedersen 195, Rudshagen 241) def.
    #1 Belgium (Maggi 185, Vansteenbrugge 205, Leroy 171) 606-561.

     


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