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Bowling News USA - June 13, 2012 Andersson Rolls to Gold at Women's European Championships...

Rebecka Larsen, Joline Persson-Planefors and Sandra Andersson of Sweden posted two big games to win the gold medal in the Women's European Championships Trios event Tuesday evening at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands. 

In the title match between the No. 1 and 2 seed, the top seeded Swedes flew past Patricia Luoto, Birgit Pöppler and Janine Gabel of Germany, 693-588, to wrap up the title. 

It was the second gold medal in the second event for Sweden and the second gold medal for Persson-Planefors, who won the gold medal in Doubles with Ida Andersson on Sunday. 

The Swedes led the 46 trios from 26 countries after six games preliminaries with 3946 total and an average of 219.22. They had the highest first block on medium oil with 2051 and also the highest block on long oil with 1895 to earn the No. 1 seed for the single-game playoffs. 

The Germans were 166 pins behind in second place with 3780 (210.00). Third place belonged to Latvia's Jelena Celiseva, Marija Tkachenko and Diana Zavjalova with 3741 (207.83) and Stine Nørgaard Johansen, Charlotte Bach Madsen and Randi Kryger Pedersen of Denmark took the fourth and last place to advance to the finals with 3706 (205.89). 

Andersson (199), Larsen (228) and Persson-Planefors (243) defeated the Danes in the semifinal match, 670-575, while Pöppler (198), Luoto (239) and Gabel (211) also scored an easy victory over Latvia, 648-555, to advance to the title match. 

While Luoto (192), Pöppler (192) and Gabel (204) could not match their pace from the semis, Andersson (246), Larsen (214) and Persson-Planefors (233) even improved by 23 pins to cruise to victory, 693-588. 

The Women's European Championships continues Wednesday and Thursday with the five-player Team event. All teams will be divided into two squads to bowl six games preliminaries - three games on medium oil on Wednesday and three games on long oil on Thursday. The top four teams advance to the semifinals and finals starting Thursday at 7.30 p.m. CEST. 

With 18 of 24 games in the books, Krista Pöllänen of Finland maintained a 108 pin lead in All Events (combined individual scores in Doubles, Trios and Teams) with 4129 total and an average of 229.30. 

Two-time gold medalist Joline Persson-Planefors of Sweden moved into second place with 4021 (223.39) and was followed by team mate Rebecka Larsen in third place with 3993 (221.83). Fourth place Birgit Pöppler of Germany is 96 pins off the pace for the medals with 3897 (216.50). 

The 2012 Women's European Championships will be held from June 6 through 17 at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

Record 153 players from 27 out of 49 European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations - Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Catalonia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and the host country Netherlands - participate in the event.

Each team consists of maximum six players, who compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles (12 games), Teams (6), Singles (6), All Events (24-game total) and Masters (top 24 in All Events, single-elimination, best-of-three games).


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