Latvian girls set four records to start European Youth Championships with victory in Doubles

    03/18/08

    2008 EYC

    Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland (March 15-24, 2008)

    2008EYCGirlsDoublesTkacenkoZavjalova.jpg R-L Diana Zavjalova and Marija Tkacenko from Latvia set three Doubles and one Individual championship record in the 21st European Youth Championships en route to win the gold medal in Girls Doubles. Photos: Ari Komulainen

    The Latvians had a high game of 526, a 3-game high of 1430 to finish with 2689 six-game total and an average of 224.08. Zavjalova led the way with 1433 including a record 774 3-game series (248.00) and Tkacenko contributed 1256.

    Trailing the winners by 120 pins to finish second was defending EYC Masters champion Bianca Wiekeraad (1289) and Ilona De Kuijer (1280), Netherlands, with 2569 (214.08). Third place went to Daria Pajak (1349) and Marta Michalus (1173), Poland, with 2522 (210.17).

    2008EYCGirlsDoublesTop3.jpg 48 doubles from 21 countries - Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine - participated in the first event at Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland.

    The best team from the host country Roosa Lunden, daughter of long-time Finnish national team member Reija Lunden, and Petra Koukkari finished sixth with 2513 (209.42). The top duo from defending doubles champion England, Laura Ellis and Chelsie-Anne Johnstone, landed in 17th place with 2364 (197.00).

    Girls Results

    Individual High Scores

    1 Game: Ksenia Karaseva, Russia - 279
    3 Games: Diana Zavjalova, Latvia - 774 (258.00) Championship Record
    6 Games: Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, - 1433 (238.83)

    Doubles High Scores
    1 Game: Diana Zavjalova/Marija Tkacenko, Latvia - 526 (263.00) Championship Record
    3 Games: Diana Zavjalova/Marija Tkacenko, Latvia - 1430 (238.33 Championship Record
    6 Games: Diana Zavjalova/Marija Tkacenko, Latvia - 2689 (224.08)  Championship Record