Danish duo wins first gold medal in 23rd European Youth Championships


    2010 EYC

    Carsten W. Hansen and Mik Stampe team to win Boys Doubles

    2010EYCLogo.jpg Carsten W. Hansen and Mik Stampe, Denmark, the No. 2 seed after the six-game preliminaries defeated top seeded Antonios Zafras and Vasileios Stefopoulos, Greece, 427-387, to win the first gold medal of the 23rd European Youth Championships at Plaza Bowling in St. Maximin, France.

    The Greek bowlers, who led the Danes by 13 pins averaging 212.42 in the preliminaries, eliminated No. 4 seeded Russians Mikhail Belenkiy and Roman Starchenkov in the first semifinal match.

    The eventual champions survived a close semifinal match against No. 3 seeded Latvians Daniels Vezis and Arturs Levikins, 411-409.

    Antonios Zafras/Vasileios Stefopoulos earned silver while Daniels Vezis/Arturs Levikins and Mikhail Belenkiy/Roman Starchenkov shared the bronze medal.

    Jan Cepelak, Czech Republic, and Patryk Preus, Poland, each rolled a 300 game during the preliminaries on Monday, March 29.


    23rd European Youth Championships - Boys Doubles Finals

    Plaza Bowling in St. Maximin, France (March 30, 2010)

    Championship Round:
    1. Carsten W. Hansen/Mik Stampe, Denmark
    2. Antonios Zafras/Vasileios Stefopoulos Greece
    3. Daniels Vezis/Arturs Levikins, Latvia and Mikhail Belenkiy/Roman Starchenkov, Russia

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1:
    No. 1 Greece (Antonios Zafras 196/Vasileios Stefopoulos 227) def.
    No. 4 Russia (Mikhail Belenkiy 161/Roman Starchenkov 169), 423-411

    Semifinal Match 2:
    No. 2 Denmark (Carsten W. Hansen 230/Mik Stampe 181) def.
    No. 3 Latvia (Daniels Vezis 198/Arturs Levikins 211), 411-409

    Championship Match:
    No. 2 Denmark (Carsten W. Hansen 214/Mik Stampe 213) def.
    No. 1 Greece (Antonios Zafras 174/Vasileios Stefopoulos 213), 427-387.


    23rd European Youth Championships - Boys Doubles Preliminaries

    The top 4 Doubles advance to the finals.