Istanbul winners overtake the lead in the European Rankings

    05/01/07

    2007 European Rankings

    European Rankings after 7/21 Events

    2007EBT05OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2007AOKirstenPenny_small.jpg Kirsten Penny, England, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, who won the men's and women's rankings in the Istanbul Open last weekend, overtook the lead in the EBT rankings after seventh stop of the 2007 European Bowling Tour.

    Penny earned the maximum 100 ranking points for the second time this season after Catalonia (stop 4) to lead the women's rankings with 338 point total, 74 points ahead of 3-time defending ranking champion Britt Brøndsted, who is second with 264. The Dane an all the other female European qualifiers for the World Ranking Masters next week did not compete in Istanbul.

    Zara Glover, England, and Germany's Martina Beckel are tied for third place with 222 ranking points. Finn Piritta Kantola is fifth with 208.

    Dutch Nicole Sanders and Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, used their points from Istanbul to move into sixth and seventh place with 206 and 196 points. Rounding out the top 8, who will qualify for the 2008 WRM at the end of the season, is Krista Pöllänen, Finland, with 160.

    Palermaa, who won the EBT tournaments in Thessaloniki and Istanbul, is the second multiple winner this season (2004-06 ranking winner Paul Moor is the other). Palermaa, who defeated the English lefty in the semi-final in Istanbul, got 100 points to Moor's 70 to overtake the lead with 370 point total. Moor is second with 354. Previous leader Martin Larsen, Sweden, slipped to third place with 286.

    2007EBT05NikolayOvchinnikov_small.jpg Larsen as well as fourth and fifth-placed Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, (230) and Robert Andersson, Sweden (172), did not participate in Istanbul. Nikolay Ovchinnikov (left), Latvia, who has cashed ranking points in all seven events this season, leaped into sixth place with 170 points. Rounding out the top 8 are Finns Jouni Helminen (158) and Pasi Uotila (136).