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Sweden sweeps the medals in Masters to end Women’s European Championships


2016WECMastersFilippaPersson2.jpg2016WECMastersIdaAndersson.jpgSweden capped off the Women’s European Championships Sunday at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, with a sweep of the gold, silver and bronze medals in the tournament-ending Masters competition.

In the title match in best-of-three games format, Filippa Persson (left) came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Ida Andersson (right), two-games-to-one. Andersson took the first game by two pins, 205-2043, but Persson leveled the match with a 9 to 8 win in roll-off after a 227-227 tie.

Pictured above: The medalists in Masters. L-R Silver medalist Ida Andersson, champion Filippa Persson, bronze medalists Nina Flack and Joline Persson Planefors. Photos courtesy of Austrian and German Bowling Federation.

Persson carried the momentum into the decider and defeated Andersson, 228-202, to seal the victory. It was the second gold medal for Persson, but she received the gold medal in the team event without having bowled in the preliminaries and in the medal round.

2016WECMastersNinaFlack.jpg2016WECMastersJolinePerssonPlanefors.jpgIn an all-Swedish semi-final round, Andersson fired games of 233 and 254 to sweep Nina Flack (left), 2-0, while Persson rallied from being down 1-0 to defeat Joline Persson Planefors (right), 2-1. Andersson earned the silver medal while Flack and Persson Planefors shared bronze.

All six Swedish bowlers made the cut to the top 24 in All-Events (combined results of the Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries) to advance to match play Masters. Andersson defeated Sandra Andersson in the Round of 24, 2-1, and then swept All-Events gold medalist Jenny Wegner in the Round of 16.

In each round the highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second-highest bowled the second-lowest, and so on. Lucky enough for the Swedes, there was no clash in the quarterfinals.

Andersson and Persson Planefors swept Germany’s Birgit Pöppler and Patricia Luoto, while Persson and Flack won in the deciding third game against Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark and Lisa John of England, respectively.

2016WECTeamSweden2.jpgThe Swedish women (pictured after winning the team event) led the medal tally at the 2016 Women’s European Championships with four gold medals, one silver medal and four bronze medals. Germany (Trios) and England (Singles) took home the remaining two gold medals. Joline Persson Planefors was the most successful player in this Championships earning two gold and two bronze medals.

2016WECLogo.jpgThe 2016 Women’s European Championships was held from June 10 to 18 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

131 players from 25 of the 48 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations – Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales and the host country Austria – participated in the event.

Each team consisted of maximum six players, who competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the nine-day competition.

Singles, Doubles, Trios and Team events featured six games preliminaries with the top 4 advancing to the playoffs in one-game format, seeded 1 to 4 according to their position in qualifying. No. 1 bowled No. 4 and No. 2 took on No. 3. The winners bowled for gold and silver and the losers shared the bronze medal.

The top three players with the highest 24-game total (combined results of the Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries) received the medals in All Events. The top 24 in All-Events advanced to single-elimination Masters match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 received one bye.

In each round, the highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second-highest seeded player bowled the second-lowest seeded player, and so on. Winners advanced and losers were eliminated. The remaining two players bowled for gold and silver and the losers of the semifinals shared the bronze medal.

The 2016 Women’s European Championships served as the qualifying event for female bowlers competing in the X World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. The top 5 countries with the two highest positioned players in All-Events qualified for the World Games. Qualified for the World Games bowling competition, which will be held July 20-24 at Sky Bowling center, are 1. Germany (5 – 2nd and 3rd place), 2. Sweden (8), 3. Denmark (17), 4. England (18) and 5. Ukraine (34).

The Championships also served 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 15 women teams in Vienna qualified for the combined World Championships.

Those teams are 1. Sweden (1929), 2. Germany (1809), 3. Denmark (1094), 4. England (928), 5. Belgium (549), 6. Netherlands (540), 7. Finland (505), 8. Ukraine (439), 9. France (369), 10. Austria (350), 11. Italy (174), 12. Iceland (168), 13. Slovakia (122), 14. Hungary (106), and 15. Wales (90).

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2016 WEC Masters – Round of 24

2016 WEC Masters – Round of 16

2016 WEC Masters – Quarterfinals

2016 WEC Masters – Semi-finals

2016 WEC Masters – Championship

Herbert Bickel

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