Sweden wins first gold medal of the 2011 Men's European Championships


    2011 MEC

    Karl Wahlgren, Dennis Eklund defeat No. 1 and 2 seed to win the title in Doubles

    2011MECKarlWahlgrenDennisEklund2.jpg2011MECMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersen.jpgThird seeded Karl Wahlgren and Dennis Eklund (pictured left, l-r) of Sweden claimed the first gold medal of the Men's European Championships at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany.

    The Swedes, seeded third in the finals decided in single-game matches, ousted their teammates and No. 2 seeds, Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen (below left, r-l), in the semifinal, 440-428, and went on to defeat top-seeded Mads Sandbækken and Tore Torgersen (right, l-r) of Norway in the title match, 453-423.

    2011MECMartinLarsenRobertAndersson.jpg2011MECTobiasGablerMarcoBaade.jpgSandbækken carried the Norwegians with a 247 but Eklund, who is the defending champion in Trios, countered with 266. Wahlgren topped Torgersen, 187-176, to secure the victory.

    The Norwegians, who defeated No. 4 seed Tobias Gäbler and Marco Baade (right, l-r) of Germany in the other semifinal, 423-395, had to settle for silver while the semifinal losers shared the bronze medal.


    2011 Men's European Championships - Doubles Finals

    2011MECDoublesTop4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Sweden (Karl Wahlgren, Dennis Eklund)
    2. Norway (Mads Sandbækken, Tore Torgersen)
    3. Sweden (Robert Andersson, Martin Larsen) and Germany (Tobias Gäbler, Marco Baade)

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: #1 Norway (Sandbækken 200, Torgersen 223) def.
    #4 Germany (Gäbler 226, Baade 169), 423-395
    Semifinal Match 2: #3 Sweden (Wahlgren 225, Eklund 215) def.
    #2 Sweden (Andersson 215, Larsen 213), 440-428
    Championship: #3 Sweden (Wahlgren 187, Eklund 266) def.
    #1 Norway (Sandbækken 247, Torgersen 176), 453-423.


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