Finland leads five-player Team preliminaries after the first block on medium oil


    2012 MEC Austria

    Norway, Sweden and Squad 1 leader Germany round out the top four heading into the second block on long oil Friday; Jehkinen (FIN), Loos (AUT) and Larsen (DEN) atop the All Events standings after 21 of 24 games

    2012MECTeamFinnland.jpgThree teams of Squad 2, Finland, Norway and Sweden and Squad 1 leader Germany led the field of 33 countries as the five-player Team preliminaries at the Men's European Championships have reached the halfway point.

    Finland's Joonas Jähi, Joonas Jehkinen, Perttu Jussila, Osku Palermaa and Petteri Salonen (pictured left) set the pace after three games on the on medium oil pattern (38') with 3297 total and an average of 219.80 including games of 1134, 1044 and 1119.

    Joonas Jehkinen (front row, left), who led the Finns with 686, overtook the lead in All Events after 21 of 24 games with 4553 (216.81). Michael Loos of Austria and Dane Thomas Larsen slipped one spot to second and third place with 4542 and 4512. resp.

    Trailing Team Finland, which has won the Team gold medals at the 2009 and 2005 MEC, was Norway with Svein Roger Olsen, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Björn Einar Rudshagen, Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen at 3181.

    2012MECTeamSweden.jpg2007 MEC Team champion Sweden featuring Kim Bolleby, Dennis Eklund, Martin Larsen, Martin Paulsson and Karl Wahlgren (pictured right) was third with 3147.

    Germany's David Canady, Bodo Konieczny, Marco Baade, Achim Grabowski and Timo Schröder took the early lead in Squad 1 with 3125 total, an average of 208.33, but slipped to fourth place and is the team on the bubble in fourth place.

    Defending Team champion, Doubles and Trios gold medalist Denmark toppled only 2928 pins (195.20 average) in Squad 1 and is 197 pins off the pace for the medals in 10th place.

    All teams return Friday for the second block of three games on long oil (44'). The 33 teams will be divided into two squads according to their day one results to bowl at 8 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. CEST.

    The top four teams with the highest six-game total will advance to the medal round, which will take place on Friday, Aug. 24 starting at 7 p.m. The team preliminaries also decide the medals in All Events and the 24 players for the Masters match play.

    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 were 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').
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    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 Team event - Standings after three games on medium oil (38')


    2012 MEC All Events - Standings after 21 games


    2012 MEC Team event - Squad 2 after three games on medium oil (38')


    2012 MEC Team event - Squad 1 after three games on medium oil (38')


    2012 MEC - Qualifying standings for the 2013 World Championships