Jesper Agerbo wins all-Danish title match to claim the Masters crown


    2012 MEC Austria

    Defeats Thomas Larsen, 276-267, in the decider to win the third gold medal of the Championships for Denmark; Larsen achieves perfection in the quarterfinals; Denmark finishes MEC atop the medal tally

    2012EBT09ThomasLarsen.jpg2012EBT09JesperAgerbo.jpgIn an all-Danish affair, Jesper Agerbo (left) came back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Thomas Larsen (right), two-games-to-one, to finish the fifth Men's European Championships with victory in Masters match play.

    It was the second gold medal of the championships for Agerbo after the Trios event and the third gold medal for Denmark, which finished atop the medal tally with three gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

    Larsen, who won the title in Doubles and Trios (with Agerbo) and had the MEC's sole 300 game in the quarterfinals, won the first game, 202-179, but Agerbo rebounded with two big games. The silver medalist in Masters at the 2008 Men's World Championships leveled the match with an easy 267-199 in game two and sealed the victory with a 276-267 strike fest in the decider.

    2012WYCKimBolleby.jpg2011EBT14SveinRogerOlsen.jpgIn the semifinals, Agerbo swept Kim Bolleby (left) of Sweden, 2-0, while Larsen edged Svein Roger Olsen (right) of Norway in the decider, 233-225. Larsen received the silver medal. Bolleby and Olsen shared the bronze medal.

    The top 24 players in All Events (combined pinfall of Doubles, Trios and Team preliminaries - 24 games) advanced to Masters match play, which concluded the fifth Men's European Championships at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday.

    The last champion was determined in single-elimination, best-of-three games format. The top 8 players bypassed the first round. In each round the highest seeded player bowled the lowest seeded player, the second highest seeded player bowls the second lowest seeded player, and so on.

    Men's European Championships - Past Masters Champions
    2012 Jesper Agerbo, Denmark
    2011 Martin Paulsson, Sweden
    2009 Dominic Barrett, England
    2007 Mads Sandbaekken, Norway
    2005 Petri Mannonen, Finland


    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 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').
    Kegel LaneMap‚ĄĘ 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 Men's European Championships - Medal Tall



    2012 Men's European Championships Masters

    Single-elimination, best-of-three games