Palermaa, Salonen start the Men's European Championships with victory in Doubles


    2009 MEC

    Win the first title of the championships for Finland

    2009MECPetteriSalonenOskuPalermaa.jpg2005 and 2007 All Events champions, Petteri Salonen and Osku Palermaa (l-r), Finland teamed to win the gold medal in Doubles in the opening event of the 2009 Men's European Championships in Aalborg, Denmark.

    In the title match, the top seeded Finns defeated 2006 Doubles World Champions Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson, Sweden, 429-416, to claim the title. The Swedes had to settle for silver for the second consecutive MEC.

    In the semifinals, Finland topped No. 4 Petter Hansen and Svein Roger Olsen, Norway, 400-379, while the Swedes, seeded third, posted a big score to eliminate No. 2, Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett, England, 523-394. Norway and England shared the bronze medal.

    The championships continue on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Trios event.


    20089 Men's European Championships - Doubles event

    Championship Round:
    1. Osku Palermaa/Petteri Salonen, Finland, 829 (2 games)
    2. Martin Larsen/Robert Andersson, Sweden, 939 (2 games)
    3. Stuart Williams/Dominic Barrett, England, 394 (1 game)
    (tie) Petter Hansen/Svein Roger Olsen, Norway, 379 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 Palermaa (168)/Salonen (232) def. #4 Hansen (165)/Olsen (214), 400-379
    Semifinal Match 2: #3 Larsen (279)/Andersson (244) def. #2 Williams (221)/Barrett (173), 523-394
    Championship Match: #1 Palermaa (214)/Salonen (215) def. #3 Larsen (235)/Andersson (181), 429-416.


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