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Mai Ginge Jensen, Bodo Konieczny win 2018 European Champions Cup

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Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark and Bodo Konieczny of Germany captured the women’s and men’s titles in the 41st European Champions Cup at bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, Sunday.

Jensen, who advanced to the single-elimination best-of-three game finals in the no. 1 position, swept no. 3 Eliisa Hiltunen of Finland in the gold medal match, two-games-to-none.

In the semi-finals, Jensen ousted Nadine Geissler of Germany, 2-0, while Hiltunen defeated Solene Goron of France by the same margin..

Jensen received the gold medal, Hiltunen got silver and Geissler and Goron shared the bronze medal.

On the men’s side, fourth seeded Bodo Konieczny of Germany downed third-seeded Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, in the title match, two-games-to-one, including a 263-258 victory in the deciding third game.

From left: Eliisa Hiltunen, Mai Ginge Jensen, Solene Goron and Nadine Geissler.

In the semi-final match, Konieczny, who barely made the cut to the top four finalists, ousted top seeded Jaroslav Lorenc of Czech Republic, who was looking for his second ECC title after 2016, 2-1.

Agerbo eliminated second seeded Viktor Danielsson of Sweden, 2-1, in the other semi-final match.

Konieczny earned the gold medal, Agerbo received silver and Lorenc and Danielsson both got bronze.

From left: Jesper Agerbo, Bodo Konieczny, Jaroslav Lorenc and Viktor Danielsson.

The European Champions Cup 2018 took place from October 22-28 at 18-lane bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, featuring men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

The 41st edition of the event drew 38 men and 37 women from 40 countries. The defending champions, Filippa Persson and Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden, were automatically qualified for the event, but only Persson was on site to defend her title.

Men and women competed in separate divisions. All players rolled two eight-game blocks of qualifying before the cut to the top 16 men and 16 women.

The Round of 16 consisted of an additional eight games to determine the top 8 players who bowled four more games to cut to the top 4 who advanced to the match play finals in best-of-three games format. In the semi-finals, No. 1 met No. 4 and No. 2 took on No. 3. The winners of the semi-final matches bowled for the title.

Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.

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41st European Champions Cup 2018 – Women’s Finals

Bowling Center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany (Oct. 22-28, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark
2. Eliisa Hiltunen, Finland
3. Solene Goron, France
(tie) Nadine Geissler, Germany

Playoff Results (best-of-three game matches):
Semi-final Match 1: No. 1 Jensen def. No. 4 Geissler 2-0
(200-176, 213-193)
Semi-final Match 2: No. 3 Hiltunen def. No. 2 Goron 2-0
(246-228, 234-188)
Championship: Jensen def. Hiltunen, 2-0
(248-203, 215-204).

41st European Champions Cup 2018 – Men’s Finals

Bowling Center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany (Oct. 22-28, 2018)

Championship Round:
1. Bodo Konieczny, Germany
2. Jesper Agerbo, Denmark
3. Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic
(tie) Viktor Danielsson, Sweden

Playoff Results (best-of-three game matches):
Semi-final Match 1: No. 4 Konieczny def. No. 1 Lorenc, 2-1
(248-173,192-212, 238-195) )
Semi-final Match 2: No. 3 Agerbo def. No. 2 Danielsson, 2-1
(225-190, 169-182, 264-203)
Championship: Konieczny def. Agerbo, 2-1
(195-225, 242-236, 263-258).

2018 European Champions Cup – Men’s Round of 8

Top 4 advance to the finals

2018 European Champions Cup – Women’s Round of 8

Top 4 advance to the finals

Herbert Bickel

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