Singles Gold for Norway and England

by Bob Johnson 0

Daria Kovalova of Ukraine posted 1379 to top the girls' qualifying singles scores, outpointing chasing Jenny Wegner of Sweden by 96

Minenko, Kulseng, Talpa and Van Geel

pins to be the number one seed for the single game play-offs. Sanna Pasenen of Finland took third place with

Wegner, Crawley, Pasenen and Kovalova

1281 and fourth was England's Verity Crawley, 1279. Crawley had started her six-games with a 300, the first of her career and the only perfect game of these championships.

For the boys, it was Czech Marek Talpa at the top of the leader board on 1387 with Alexander Minenko of Russia the runner-up o 1340. Jeroen van Geel of The Netherlands placed third, 1333, and fourth into the play-offs was Norway's Oyvin Kulseng.

The format for the play-offs was one game semi-finals and finals, top seed against low.

The semi-finals for the girls saw Daria Kovalova against Verity Crawley and Jenny Wegner playing Sanna Pasenen.

It was a somewhat unexpected victory for Crawley over Kovalova, 191-186, and Wegner had an easier match against Pasenen, comig through 186-129.

In the boys semis, it was truly close as Minenko beat Van Geel, 215-213, and an easier run for Kulseng, taking out Talpa, 228-168.

In front of a tightly packed concourse from a huge crowd, both finals were run simultaneously.

Verity continued her giant-killing act by defeating Swedish favorite Wegner, 238-222, by striking out in the tenth frame and Kulseng gave Norway the boys gold by starting with six strikes to set up an unassailable lead over Minenko, 222-171.


Daria Kovalova of Ukraine set a championship record, amassing 3994 for her 18-game all event from six games each in doubles, team and singles.

All Events medalists

There was no record for the boys, but Sweden's Filip Wilhelmsson topped the tables to take the gold medal with 3826, 14 pins over second-placed Oyvin Kulseng of Norway for silver. The bronze medal was won by Markus Bergendorff of Denmark with 3802.

Kovalova's gold medal was followed by silver for Jenny Wegner of Sweden and Verity Crawley of England took the bronze.

The event now progresses to the Masters, a best of three game stint for the top 24 players in All Events.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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