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Danish trio sets the pace as Squad 2 has completed preliminaries


Reigning trios world champions Carsten Warming Hansen and Thomas Larsen joined forces with Jesper Agerbo to set the pace in the trios preliminaries at the Men’s European Championships as the 24 teams of squad 2 have completed the second block of three games.

The Danes, who started the second day in 16th place, 155 pins behind block 1 leader Belgium, posted games of 704, 620 and 732 for 2056 to shoot into the lead with 3987 total and an average of 220.44.

Sweden‘s Jesper Svensson, Mattias Wetterberg and Martin Larsen rebounded from 1881 in the first block with 2073 (230.33 average), the highest three-game series in this Championships so far, to jump into second place with 3954 (219.67).

2016MECTrioCZEJanovskyTalpaMacekMichal Janovsky, Marek Talpa and Jan Macek (left, l-r) of the Czech Republic, who were in third place overall after the first block, fell behind the Swedes by just four pins to sit in third place with 3950 (219.44).

With 64 trios yet to bowl the second block, Ron Alhazov, Ben Fishler and Or Aviram of Israel hold the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round later this evening at Bowling Stones bowling center in Brussels, Belgium, with 3908 or an average of 217.11.

2016MECTrioVanMeerbergenPellegromsMaggiAmong the trios which are alredy out of the race for the medals are overnight leaders Bram Van Meerbergen, Koen Pellegroms and Mats Maggi (right, l-r) of Belgium, who barely manged to average 200 in the second block to slip all the way from first to sixth place with 3871 (215.06).

Singles champion and doubles silver medalist, Jesper Agerbo of Denmark leads the 72 bowlers of squad 2 in all-events with 4314 and an average of 239.67 for 18 games. Kert Truus of Estonia, who had one of five perfect games this week, sits in second place with 4189 with John Wells of England in third place on 4143.

Squad 3 started the second block of three games at 12.45. The trios preliminaries will conclude with squad 1 slated to start at 4.30 p.m. The semi-finals are scheduled to start at 8 p.m. with the finals slated for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST).

2016MECLogo2The 2016 Men’s European Championships will be held from August 17-28 at Bowling Stones, a 36-lane QubicaAMF-equipped bowling center in Brussels, Belgium. The nine-day competition started on Saturday, August 20, and culminates with the masters finals on Sunday, August 28.

Record 218 athletes from 37 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Belgium – participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, five-player teams, all-events and masters.

Singles, doubles, trios and team events features six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in the prelims. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners bowl for gold and silver and the losers share the bronze medals.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined scores in the singles, doubles and team preliminaries) receive the medals in all-events.

The top 24 in all-events advance to single-elimination masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 receive one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowls the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowls the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advance and losers will be eliminated. The remaining two players bowl for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals share the bronze medals.

The 2016 Men’s European Championships serve as the qualifying event for male bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualify for the World Games. The bowling competition will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling.

The Championships also serve as the qualifier for the 2017 World Championships for men and women, to be held at Cozmo Bowling Center in Salmiya, Kuwait Dec. 4-18. The top 12 men’s teams in Brussels will qualify for the combined World Championships.

Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.

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2016 Men’s European Championships ready to go

2016 MEC All-Events – Standings after Trios Squad 2

After preliminaries in singles, doubles, trios and team (total 24 games), top 3 earn the medals; top 24 advance to Masters match play; top 8 receive one bye

Current Standings

2016 MEC Trios Preliminaries – Squad 2 after 6 games

Top 4 advance to the medal round

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