Men’s Combined

October 29th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

With one game to go this evening Latvia’s Arturs Levikins and Petri Mannon of Finland were tied on 4953 and

Arturs Levikins

third and fourth, Dimitrios Karetsos of Greece and Norway’s Svein Ake Ek, also tied four pins back. so that was the leading four sorted out with the slight change of Ek advancing to third place over Karetsos.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be number one at the beginning of today. I have played these lane patterns a few times in the World Youth and this European Cup last year, where I won the bronze medal,” Levikins told us. “The short pattern worked out to be the best for me this time but I was really comfortable on the combined pattern this evening as the back ends were good. With one game to go there were only four pins dividing the top four, so my coach told me it was a battle and to go for it. So it was a good principle to be the best player.

“I wasn’t sure whether I was going to have to play Dennis Eklund of Thomas Gross tomorrow but it doesn’t matter as they are both great bowlers and now I know that I will have a tough match against Gross.”

The true blood, toil, tears and sweat came for the lower order with Francois Sacco of France and Austria’s Thomas Gross fighting for eighth, Gross all the more keen for that vital place as wife Ivonne had made the women’s final. To his relief, Gross made it with 14 pins to spare. Defending champion Ioannis Stathatos of Greece suffered with those 14 pins, finishing ninth and out of the competition.

Ukranian Oleksandr Kalikar slotted into fifth place, ahead of Marco Reviglio of Italy, then seventh came Dennis Eklund, the stocky Swede.

So the remaining octet will see high seed play low in the Saturday morning openers, Levikins against Gross; Mannonen playing Eklund; Ek plays Reviglio and Karetsos is up against Kalika, altogether a nice mix of nations and talent.

Play is due to commence alongside the women’s division at 9am local time Saturday morning and the final, televised for later showing on Eurosport 2 is scheduled to take place around 14:00.

TOP 20 AFTER 24 GAMES
Top 8 qualify for finals

P PLAYER NAT Total
Short
Avr Total
Long
Avr Total
Comb
Avr Total Avr
1 Arturs Levikins LAT 1765 220,63 1641 205,13 1794 224 5.200 216,67
2 Petri Mannonen FIN 1.774 221,75 1.670 208,75 1.753 219 5.197 216,54
3 Svein Åke Ek NOR 1.675 209,38 1.793 224,13 1.719 215 5.187 216,13
4 Dimitrios Karetsos GRE 1.676 209,50 1.693 211,63 1.780 223 5.149 214,54
5 Oleksandr Kalika UKR 1.734 216,75 1.674 209,25 1.738 217 5.146 214,42
6 Marco Reviglio ITA 1.775 221,88 1.633 204,13 1.656 207 5.064 211,00
7 Dennis Eklund SWE 1.719 214,88 1.556 194,50 1.668 209 4.943 205,96
8 Thomas Gross AUT 1.621 202,63 1.722 215,25 1.584 198 4.927 205,29
9 Ioannis Stathatos GRE 1.488 186,00 1.762 220,25 1.663 208 4.913 204,71
10 François Sacco FRA 1.615 201,88 1.619 202,38 1.675 209 4.909 204,54
11 Stephan Unger GER 1.566 195,75 1.713 214,13 1.575 197 4.854 202,25
12 Aviv Alfital ISR 1.652 206,50 1.556 194,50 1.564 196 4.772 198,83
13 Jon Ingi Ragnarsson ISL 1.535 191,88 1.611 201,38 1.617 202 4.763 198,46
14 Michael Kok NED 1.551 193,88 1.577 197,13 1.634 204 4.762 198,42
15 Mike Quarry ENG 1.724 215,50 1.58 197,50 1.439 180 4.743 197,63
16 Dmitri Chilkine BLR 1.568 196,00 1.635 204,38 1.500 188 4.703 195,96
17 Glenn Vansteenbrugge BEL 1.546 193,25 1.59 198,75 1.557 195 4.693 195,54
18 Larry Vontobel SUI 1.466 183,25 1.592 199,00 1.622 203 4.680 195,00
19 Costas Kyriakou CYP 1.577 197,13 1.608 201,00 1.489 186 4.674 194,75
20 Habib Dog(an TUR 1.48 185,00 1.527 190,88 1.630 204 4.637 193,21

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