Finland earns top seed for Team finals, Palermaa wins gold in All Events at 2007 Men's European Championships


    2007 Men's European Championships

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (June 30 - July 10, 2007)

    2007MECTeamFinland_small.jpg Finland, which won all six gold medals in the 2005 European Championships, targets to defend yet another title in the Men's European Championships at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria.

    Joonas Jehkinen, Kimmo Lehtonen, Osku Palermaa, Jari Ratia, Petteri Salonen, Timo Alho and coach Sami Konsteri, who won gold and bronze in Trios yesterday, took the No. 1 seed for the Team finals later this afternoon with 6570 six-game total and an average of 219.00.

     In addition anchor Osku Palermaa (center), who led the Finnish team with 1431, won the All Events gold with 5473 pinfall total for 24 games in Doubles (12), Trios and Team (6 each), and an average of 228.04.

    Martin Larsen from Sweden secured the silver medal with a double ion the final frame. Larsen (left), a 3-time World Champion, who won the silver medal in Doubles with team mate Robert Andersson in the first event this week, totaled 5368 pins, a 223.67 average.

    The bronze medal went to Darren Cundy from England (right), who chalked up 5345 pins, 222,71 average, to beat out Dane Bo Winther Pedersen for third place by two pins. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Larsen and his team mates Magnus Andersson, Robert Andersson, Dennis Eklund, Tobias Karlsson and Peter Ljung coached by Tomas Leandersson qualified in second place with 6415 (213.83) to bowl No. 3 Greece in the semis.

    Dimitrios Karetsos, Leonidas Maragkos, Ioannis Stathatos, Nikolaos Boufesis, Stavros Parasakis and Evangelos Krizinis coached by Koos Gronenburg totaled 6365 pins and averaged 212.17.

    They will try to follow in the footprints of the Greek boys team, which won the gold medal in the five-player team event at the European Youth Championships earlier this year. It would be a unique feat for Krizinis, who was on the youth team in Thessaloniki,

    Finland takes on Day One leader Norway in the other semi-final. Mads Sandbaekken, Per Kristian Eide, Svein Roger Olsen, Glenn Morten Pedersen and Lasse Ingebrigtsen coached by former PBA champion Mats Karlsson secured the fourth and final spot with 6358 and an average of 211.93.

    England's Dominic Barrett, Darren Cundy, Paul Moor, Mike Quarry, Mark Smith and Jon Zadel coached Georg Buck started the day in 9th position and rolled the third-highest block on long oil (45 ft.) with 3270, a 218.00 average, but missed the cut to the top 4 by 36 pins with 6322 (210.73).

    The team from the host country of Austria with Thomas Gross, Thomas Tybl, Manfred Panzenböck, Michael Loos, Nikolai Schröder and Leopold Grundschober coached by Helmut Amstätter slipped out of the top 4 in the final two games to land in 8th place with 6072 (202.40).

    The French team with Yoan Alix, Vincent Cayez, Nicolas Forestier, Romain Franchi, Thierry Sacco and Laurent Tessier coached by Bernard Pujol rocketed from 33rd to 10th place behind the highest 3-game 3356 (223.73) of the championship.

    The top 9 team averaged 200 and higher, the teams from 10th to 18th place averaged over 190, places 19 to 30 had more than 180 in average while the last five teams averaged between 171 and 180.

    Team event - Top 4 after six games and advancing to the finals: 1. Finland, 6570 2. Sweden, 6415 3. Greece, 6365 4. Norway, 6358

    All Events Top 8 (one bye for the Masters): 1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5473 2. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5368 3. Darren Cundy, England, 5345. 4. Bo Winther Pedersen, Denmark, 5343 5. Dominic Barrett, England, 5320 6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 5246 7. Leonidas Maragkos, Greece, 5233 8. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 5228.

    24th and final spot for the Masters: Magnus Andersson, Sweden, 5047.

    Team Results

    All Events Results