Italy, Denmark and Sweden crack top 10 in Trios in last squad on short oil


    2007 Men's European Championships

    2007MECLogo_small.jpg Manolo Rocchi, Federico Rossi and Marco Reviglio from Italy felled 1976 pins in the third and final squad on 35-feet short oil pattern at the 2007 Men's European Championships to jump into fifth place in the overall standings.

    Rocchi led the team with 691, while Rossi had 684 and Reviglio 601 for a 219.56 average per game.

    2007MECKonsteriJehkinenRatiaLehtonen.jpg Joonas Jehkinen, Jari Ratia and Kimmo Lehtonen from Finland (l-r with coach Sami Konsteri on the far left) led the field of 67 trios from 35 countries after posting a new championship record of 2167, a 240.78 average, in the first squad. Ratia set one of the high lights when he fired the event's first perfecto in the third game.

    Swedes Magnus Andersson, Tobias Karlsson and Dennis Eklund were second with 1985. The trio had games of 709, 671 and 605 for 1985 pinfall total and an average of 220.56.
    Defending European Trios champion Petteri Salonen and team mates Osku Palermaa and Timo Alho led the second squad with 1981 pinfall total and an average of 220.11, good for third place.

    With three of six games in the books, Norway with Lasse Ingebrigtsen, Per Kristian Eide and Glenn Morten Pedersen sits in fourth place with 1980 (220.00).

    Doubles bronze and silver medalists Denmark and Sweden were the two other teams that cracked the top 10 in the third squad. Bo Winther Pedersen and Jesper Agerbo teamed up with Thomas Larsen to land in 8th place with 1952 pinfall total and an average of 216.89.

    Doubles runner-ups Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen joined forces with Peter Ljung to finish 14 pins behind the Danes in 9th position with 1938, a 215.33 average.

    Pedersen posted the second highest series of the day with 764 (Ratia was the best with 794) to overtake the lead in All Events after 15 of 24 games with 3423 pinfall total and an average of 228.20. Achim Grabowski, Germany, who led the field after Doubles, slipped to second place behind a 646 series today with 3383. Andersson and Larsen are next with 3375 and 3374, respectively.

    All players will return on Friday for the second 3-game block on long oil (45 feet). The gold, silver and bronze medalists will be determined Friday evening starting at 7.30 p.m. in a one-game match play finals of the top 4 teams.

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