Defending champions narrow the gap in European Rankings

    05/29/07

    2007 European Rankings

    European Rankings after 9/21 Events

    2007WRMPaulMoor_small.jpg 2007EBT05BrittBrondsted_small.jpg 3-time defending men's and women's ranking champions Paul Moor (left) and Britt Bröndsted narrowed the gap to 2007 ranking leaders Osku Palermaa and Kirsten Penny to 3 and 59 pins, respectively.

    The English lefty finished third in the Aalborg International, while the Dane won the women's ranking in Aalborg.

    2007WRMOskuPalermaa2_small.jpg 2007EBT05JouniHelminen_small.jpg Moor, who has cashed ranking points in all nine European Bowling Tour events this season, received 70 points for 426 point overall. World Cup champion Palermaa (left), the two-hander from Finland, remained atop the leaderboard with 429 points after receiving 46 points in Aalborg. His compatriots Kimmo Lehtonen (284), Pasi Uotila (199) and Jouni Helminen (right, 186), currently the president of the Finnish Bowling Federation, sit in 4th through 6th place.

    2007WRMStuartWilliams_small.jpg 2007WRMMartinLarsen_small.jpg World Ranking Masters champ Stuart Williams (left) is seventh with 173 points. Rounding out the top 8, who will qualify for the 2008 World Ranking Masters are World Doubles champions Martin Larsen (right, 3rd; 286) and Robert Andersson (8th; 172). The Swedes did not compete in Aalborg. WRM champion Williams is not automatically qualified for the next World Ranking Masters.

    2007EBT08MartinaBeckel_small.jpg 2007AOKirstenPenny_small.jpg On the women's side, Kirsten Penny (left) from England, who finished second in the women's rankings in Aalborg, earned 80 points and maintained her lead with 458 total points. Bröndsted earned the maximum of 100 points for being the top female bowler for the second time this season after Greece and sits in second place with 399 points. German veteran Martina Beckel (right) remained in third place with 296.

    2007WRMZaraGlover_small.jpg 2007EBT05PirittaKantola_small.jpg Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, overtook Zara Glover (left) from England to move into fourth place with 271. Glover is tied for fifth place with Dutch Nicole Sanders at 248 points.

    Rounding out the top 8 women are Piritta Kantola (right), Finland, and two-time ranking champion Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, in seventh and eighth place with 208 and 160 points.