Andersson, Paulsson earn No. 1 seed for MEC Doubles finals


    2012 MEC Austria

    Swedes win the preliminaries and bowl No. 4 Baade/Konieczny (GER) in the semifinals starting at 6 p.m.: No. 2 Larsen/Stampe (DEN) take on No. 3 Teece/Miller (ENG) in the other match

    2012MECLogo2.jpg Overnight leaders Robert Andersson and Martin Paulsson of Sweden remained unchallenged and earned the No. 1 seed for the Doubles playoffs of the Men's European Championships starting at 6 p.m. CEST at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    The World Champions in Doubles (Andersson, 2006; Paulsson 2010) had 2487 on medium oil (38') and 2712 on long oil (44') to lead the field of 101 doubles from 34 countries with 5199 12-game total and an average of 216.63.

    None of the teams from Squad 3 and 4, who finished their second block on the long earlier today, cracked the top 4.

    Danes Thomas Larsen and Mik Stampe took the No. 2 seed with 5070 (211.25). Third place belonged to Raymond Teece and Matt Miller of England, who totaled 5053 pins (210.54). Germany's Marco Baade and Bodo Konieczny took the fourth and last place with 5046 (210.25).

    With one game to go in the final Squad 4, Matt Chamberlain and Stuart Williams needed 412 pins to overtake the fourth and last place to advance (419 for third and 435 for second place). The Englishmen managed 192 only to finish in seventh place with 5027.

    The top-seeded Swedes take on the fourth-seeded Germans in the semifinal. In the other match The Danes take on the English. The winners advance to the gold medal match, while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    2012MECLogo2.jpg The 5th Men's European Championships will be held from Aug. 16-26, 2012 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 204 players from 34 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.

    Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and the five-player Team event six games, with the top 4 teams advancing to the playoffs. No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    The top 24 players in All Events will advance to the Masters finals in best-of-three games single-elimination match play, which will conclude the championships on Saturday, Aug. 25. The championships features two oil conditioning pattern, number 1 is the medium pattern (38') and number two is the long pattern (44').
    Kegel LaneMap™ Guide Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria - Aug. 15, 2012 (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

    The MEC also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev. in suburban Las Vegas, United States.

    Each country receives ranking points in each discipline according to a system decided by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation Congress in 2011. The top 15 countries qualify for the 2013 Combined World Championships.


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    2012 MEC Doubles - Squad 1-4 after 12 games

    Games 1-6 on the medium pattern (38'), games 7-12 on the long pattern (44'). The top 4 advance to the medal round.


    2012 MEC All Events after 12/24 games

    Squad 1 & 2 after 12 games; Squad 3 & 4 after 6 games