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Dennis Eklund and Marie Bengtsson are new Swedish Champions

09 JUN 2010 18:38
Current national team member Dennis Eklund and former women national team player Marie Bengtsson won the Swedish Championship finals at Strike & Co in Gothenburg.
In the men´s final Eklund defeated Team Pergamon´s Hafthor Hardarson two-games-to-none while 44-year-old veteran Bengtsson went the distance to beat Joline Persson Planefors, 2-1, to claim the women´s title.
  • Skapad: 09 JUN 2010 18:38

For Marie Bengtsson it was a surprising but eagerly awaited victory.
“I had two silver medals and two bronze medals before, but the gold was always missing,” said Bengtsson. “When I prepared for the title match I said to myself: ´It is now or never.´”
She played on the Swedish national team during the 1990s, winning a team silver medal in the World Championship in Reno, Nev., United States, in 1995. The mother of two is now satisfied with only competing in league matches for her club Örgryte from Gothenburg.

“Honestly speaking I had not planned to participate in this year´s championship, but fortunately I was persuaded by my teammates,” she said.
The finals were a showcase for the future stars of Swedish women´s bowling, but Marie Bengtsson was able to answer to all the challenges from the young players. In the quarterfinal Bengtsson defeated 20-year-old Victoria Johansson, then eliminated 19-year-old Jenny Johansson in the semis before she topped 19-year-old Joline Persson Planefors in the title match.
In the third and decisive game, Bengtsson opened with a 5-bagger and never looked back. The final score was 228-193.

The earlier rounds of the men´s final were dominated by Sweden´s top players. Martin Paulsson, Robert Andersson, Martin Larsen and Dennis Eklund were atop the leaderboard after 16 games when the field was cut to top 8 players for the best of three games match play final.
However, Paulsson, Andersson and Larsen were knocked out in the quarterfinals, leaving Eklund as the favourite for the championship. Eklund continued his impressive run, averaging 232 during the final day and closing out the championship with three straight 2-0-victories.

In the title match against 23-year-old Hafthor Hardarson, Eklund flew past his opponent in the first ame, 257-169, and then secured the victory in a close second game,184-182.
“I had a game plan and I followed it all the way through. It worked out perfectly until the final when the lane conditions were extreme and I had to use my two-step-approach on the right lane,” said Dennis Eklund after completing a string of victories lately.
One month ago he won the third Super Six stop in Gothenburg, then his team Sundbyberg outplayed Team Pergamon in the play offs and went on to win the league championship, and finally he claimed his first individual national title.
“Now I will have a two-week vacation from bowling and then the preparations start for the World Championship in Munich in August,” he said. 

Eklund and
Bengtsson will be the Swedish participants in the European Champions Cup later this year. Through his victory Dennis also secured the top spot in the Swedish World Cup ranking, Helén Johnsson had earlier won the women´s World Cup ranking.

Results:
Men, quarterfinals
Markus Jansson-Martin Paulsson 167-195, 213-197, 233-182
Hafthor Hardarson-Robert Andersson 182-177, 187-258, 223-169
Karl-Johan Eliasson-Martin Larsen 218-183, 205-229, 220-212
Dennis Eklund-Mikael Larsson 258-226, 209-180

Semifinals Dennis Eklund-Markus Jansson 247-191, 236-191
Hafthor Hardarson-Karl-Johan Eliasson 217-243, 217-204, 180-155

Final
Dennis Eklund-Hafthor Hardarson 257-169, 184-182

Women, quarterfinals
Joline Persson Planefors-Linda Haglund 247-189, 176-163
Jenny Johansson-Rebecka Larsen Jr 213-210, 224-239, 217-205
Marie Bengtsson-Victoria Johansson 198-193, 190-203, 225-224
Helén Johnsson-Veronica Lantto 203-168, 259-248

Semifinals
Joline Persson Planefors-Helén Johnsson 237-234, 204-240, 210-134
Marie Bengtsson-Jenny Johansson 248-217, 213-202

Final
Marie Bengtsson-Joline Persson Planefors 194-185, 166-217, 228-193

All results are available on http://www.2010.bowlingsm.se/dynamic/results.asp
 
Skribent: Hans Karlsson

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