No changes among the top 8 men and women in the European Rankings after Barcelona

    07/30/07

    2007 European Rankings

    2007EBT05OskuPalermaa_small.jpg 2006EBT15KirstenPenny_small.jpg With the 29th Trofeu Internacional Ciutat de Barcelona, the 13th event of the 2007 European Bowling Tour, in the books, the top 8 men and the top 8 women in the European Rankings remained unchanged. European All Events champion Osku Palermaa (l.), Finland, and multiple World and European champion Kirsten Penny (r.), England, held on to the lead with 617 and 518 ranking points, respectively.

    2006EBT15BrittBrondsted_small.jpg 2007EBT02PaulMoor_small.jpg 3-time defending ranking champions Paul Moor (l.), England, and Britt Brøndsted (r.), Denmark, sit in second place trailing by 35 and 33 points, resp.

    Swede Martin Larsen remained in this place in the men's rankings with 444 points. Dutch Ghislaine van der Tol, who won the women's rankings in Malta and the tournament in San Marino, finished third in the women's rankings in Barcelona to move up one spot into third with 421 points.

    Rounding out the top 8, who will qualify for the 2008 World Ranking Masters at the end of the season, are 4. Martina Beckel, Germany, 391 5. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 323 6. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 315 7. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 298 and 8. Zara Glover, England, 276.

    2006EBT15StuartWilliams_small.jpg On the men's side, reigning World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams (l.), England, made up some ground in Barcelona moving from sixth to fourth with 315 ranking point total. Pasi Uotila, Finland, fell one spot to fifth with 307.

    2006EBT14RobertAndersson_small.jpg Barcelona champion Robert Andersson (r.), Sweden, overtook 2005 World Ranking Masters champion Kimmo Lehtonen and Jouni Helminen, both Finland, who did not compete in Barcelona. Andersson has 296 points with Lehtonen in 7th at 284 and Helminen 8th at 236.

    Helminen, currently the president of the Finnish Bowling Federation, told us that he bought a 20-lane bowling center about a month ago and is not intending to bowl many international tournaments in next 18 months.


    Top 8 men after Barcelona
    1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 617
    2. Paul Moor, England, 582
    3. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 444
    4. Stuart Williams, England, 315
    5. Pasi Uotila, Finland, 307
    6. Robert Andersson, Sweden, 296
    7. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 284
    8. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 236

    Top 8 wommen after Barcelona
    1. Kirsten Penny, England, 518
    2. Britt Brøndsted, Denmark, 485
    3. Ghislaine van der Tol, Netherlands, 421
    4. Martina Beckel, Germany, 391
    5. Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, 323
    6. Kamilla Kjeldsen, Denmark, 315
    7. Nicole Sanders, Netherlands, 298
    8. Zara Glover, England, 276