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Norway’s Skryten wins gold in All-Events; Sweden’s Svensson leads boys’ singles


In a high-scoring competition in the 31st European Youth Championships Friday at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark, it took a 238.83 average to make the medal round in boys’ singles and an average of more than 226 for 18 games to win the gold medal in all-events.

Reigning EYC masters champion William Svensson (right) of Sweden rolled games of 232, 265, 245, 236, 225 and 245 to lead the field of 90 boys from 26 countries and to earn the no. 1 seed for the medal round with 1448 total and an average of 241.33 for six games.

Tim Cerkvenik Muzafirovic of Slovenia was mere seven pins behind Svensson in the first of two squads with 1441 (240.17 avg.), including an EYC record 789 three-game series (289, 252, 248).

Third place belonged to squad 2 leader Maxime Dubois of France with 1437 (239.50), including a high game of 278. Georg Skryten of Norway closed squad 1 with 269 and 1433 total (238.83) to grab the fourth and last spot in the medal round.

Skryten (featured photo and left), who had 1300 in doubles and 1346 in the team event, used his 1433 series to leap from third to first place in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles and team event) and to win the first gold medal for Norway in this championships with 4079 total and an average of 226.61.

Thanks to the highest series of the championships, Svensson leaped from sixth to second place to earn the silver medal with 4052 (225.11). Dubois jumped from 13th to third place to beat out Oleksandr Nechypaiev of Ukraine for the bronze medal by four pins, 3979-3975.

Nechypaiev, who won silver in masters in 2017, had a 1340 series in singles including the first 300 game of the championships and the 19th by a boy in the 31-year history of the event.

The top 24 in all-events (cut was Hugo Bonnefoy of France with 3675; 204.17 avg.) advanced to masters match play, which will conclude the 31st European Youth Championships on Saturday and Sunday. The top 8 earned one bye. Lassi Aalto of Finland took the eighth and last spot to earn a bye with 3889 (216.06).

Action shifts to the girls’ singles preliminaries. The 66 girls, representing 22 countries, will be split into two squads to bowl their six-game preliminaries on Saturday morning. The top 4 girls will bowl simultaneously with the top 4 boys in the medal round starting Saturday at 5.30 p.m. CEST with the semi-finals.

The 31st European Youth Championships will be held from March 24 to April 2 at 30-lane Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

The championships drew 156 players, 90 boys and 66 girls, from 28 member countries of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the host country Denmark.

Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before September 1, 1999 will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles, Doubles and four-player Teams, All-Events and Masters.

The 2018 EYC will be played on a 39-foot lane conditioning pattern with 26.73 mL volume oil total.

Singles, Doubles and Team preliminaries feature six games with the top 4 advancing to the medal round. No. 1 bowls No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semi-finals. The winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches will be decided in one game.

The three players with highest 18-game total of the Singles, Doubles and Teams preliminaries earn the medals in All-Events. The top 24 in All-Events determine the Masters champion in single-elimination match play in best-of-three games format. The top 8 players receive a first-round bye.

Photos courtesy of Markus Hegnelius.

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31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ Singles Preliminaries

Top 4 advance to the medal round


Individual High Game/High Series
1 Game – Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Ukraine, 300 *(EYC Record)
3 Games – Tim Cerkvenik Muzafirovic, Slovenia, 789 *(EYC Record)
6 Games – William Svensson, Sweden, 1448

From left: Sweden, Norway and Slovenia.

31st EYC 2018 – Boys’ All-Events after 18 games (final)

Top three earn the medals in All-Events; top 24 advance to Masters match play, top 8 earn one bye


Herbert Bickel

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