Denmark in top qualifying position in Trios after block 1 at Women's European Championships


    2010 WEC

    Netherlands, Sweden and Finland also on course for playoffs

    2010WECLogo.jpg Kamilla Kjeldsen, Mai Ginge Jensen and Rikke Holm Rasmussen, Denmark, rolled games of 728, 648 and 723 to take a comfortable 134-pin lead in the Trios event of the 3rd Women's European Championships 2010 in Latvia after the first 3-game block on short oil with 2099 pinfall total and an average of 232.22.

    No other of the 34 trios from 20 countries reached the 700-bar. Jensen led the team with 732 and was followed by Kjeldsen (692) and Rasmussen (675), who won a bronze medal in Trios with Anne Lorraine Gales at the 2009 Women's World Championships in Las Vegas last year.

    The Danes outaveraged their nearest competitors from the Netherlands by almost 15 pins. Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten, Ghislane van der Tol and Priscilla Maaswinkel had games of 671, 688 and 606 to sit in second place with 1965 (218.33).

    2010WECDoublesHelenJohnssonNinaFlack.jpgSweden's gold medalists in Doubles, Nina Flack and Helen Johnsson (pictured right, r-l), teamed with Sandra Andersson to land in third place mere one pin behind the Dutch with 1964 (218.22). Flack had the highest game of the day (279) in the first game.

    Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the playoffs after the second block on long oil on Wednesday was Finland. Piritta Kantola and Krista Pöllänen, the silver medalists in Doubles, joined forces with Hannele Impola to finish the first day in fourth place with 1949 (216.56).

    Just outside the box looking in are Germany with Juliane Rieger, Lisa Kabowski and Vanessa Timter at 1910 and England with Faye Elkington, Laura Ivory and Jemma Smith at 1904. Smith had the field-best 741 individual series on the short pattern.

    Divided into two squads, the 34 trios will return to Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga on Wednesday for the second 3-game block on long oil. The top 4 trios after 6 games will advance to the playoffs. In the semifinals the No. 1 seed meets the No. 4 and the No. 2 seed takes on No. 3. The winners will battle it out for the gold medal while the two semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.


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