Israel's Shahaf Antin wins Girls Masters title at 23rd European Youth Championships

    04/05/10

    2010 EYC

    Plaza Bowling in St. Maximin, France (March 26- April 4, 2010)

     Shahaf Antin from Israel came back from a 0-1 deficit to defeat Marija Tkachenko, Latvia, two-games-to-one, en route to win the gold medals in the Girls Masters competition in the 23rd European Youth Championships Easter Sunday at Plaza Bowling in St. Maximin, France.

    Tkachenko, who posted a 751 3-game championship record in her semifinal victory against Ida Andersson, Sweden, took a 1-0 lead with a 235-171 win in game #1. Antiin, who eliminated Nadine Motzer, Germany, in the second semifinal, leveled the match with a narrow 221-219 in game #2.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Courtesy of Israel Bowling Federation.

    The Israel carried the momentum into the decider and wrapped up the title with a 226-203 win. It was the first gold medal in the Girls' Division which wasn't won by a Swedish bowler. 4-time gold medalist and No. 1 seed, Jenny Wegner, fell to No. 23 Daria Pajak, Poland, in the Round of 16, 2-0.

    Tkachenko earned the silver medal while Andersson and Motzer shared the bronze medal.

    The top 24 players in All Events (combined results in Doubles, Team and Singles) advanced to the Masters finals. The top 8 players earned one bye for the single-elimination finals in best-of-three games format.

    In a sharp contrast to the Round of 24 and Round of 16 in which 75 percent of the matches went 2-0, all quarterfinal and semifinal matches as well as the title match went the distance.

     


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    Players seeded 9th-24th, the top 8 earned one bye.