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Odense, day 1: Sweden crushes all opposition


Denmark 19 Aug 2009 at 20:16 | Published by: JJM | Views: 4686 | News search

Odense, day 1: Sweden crushes all opposition
Marcus Larsson, Sweden.  (Photo by Erik Tiekstra 2009)

Sweden is expected to win men’s team competition by more than 100 points, but the fight for silver can become very interesting between Austria, Germany, and possibly also Switzerland. A revanche from Vaasa 2001, with many of the same players in Austrian and German teams as were present in the 2001 tournament, where Austria took silver and left Germany on bronze.

Italy and Finland are within attacking distance from a highly respected 4th place, but chances for medals are probably gone. Behind Finland comes a big gap of more than 50 points, between countries who master the felt game and those who don’t master it.

MEN’S TEAMS after round 3, of total 8 rounds:

  1.   191   129   184   =   504   Sweden
  2:   208   144   207   =   559   Austria
  2:   214   139   206   =   559   Germany
  4.   225   147   199   =   571   Switzerland
  5.   222   146   219   =   587   Italy
  6.   230   150   212   =   592   Finland
  7.   245   164   241   =   650   Netherlands
  8.   253   160   251   =   664   Denmark
  9.   262   169   265   =   696   Slovakia
10.   283   199   286   =   768   Russia
11.   401   310   436   =   1147 China

Team Sweden has missed only 180 shots in the tournament so far, after 3 team rounds (324 lanes). The second best teams Austria and Germany have made 31% more mistakes in the competition than Sweden. China has used twice more total points than Sweden. Sweden is excellent on felt, but also on eternite clearly the best, without any contest so far. Germany and Austria may have chosen some players who are good on felt, but not the best possible on eternite.

TOP 5 IN MEN:

  1:   30   20   29   =   79   RYNER Carl-Johan (Sweden)
  1:   31   21   27   =   79   SVENSSON Filiph (Sweden)
  3.   29   22   31   =   82   OLSSON Anders (Sweden)
  4:   31   25   29   =   85   SPREIER Sascha (Germany)
  4:   32   23   30   =   85   PERSSON Fredrik (Sweden)
full scores of all players

Carl-Johan Ryner has found his own favourite colour, as usual in felt competitions. Filiph Svensson was voted as the most potential breakthrough maker of the year in our poll, and not without a reason. With four Swedish players in top 5 at this moment, and Jonas Gustafsson waiting 2 points behind the top five, we can only guess how many Swedish players will be on top of the leaderboard after 8 rounds.

Best player from outside of Europe:
56.   29   41   27   =   97   WEAVER Jason (Canada)

WOMEN’S TEAMS after round 3, of total 8 rounds:

  1.     71   106     68   =   245   Sweden
  2.     76   115     69   =   260   Germany
  3.     77   125     68   =   270   Austria
  4.     87   120     78   =   285   Switzerland
  5.     78   127     83   =   288   Italy
  6.     78   137     77   =   292   Netherlands
  7.     87   144     88   =   319   Denmark
  8.   104   162     95   =   361   Japan

Yet three more felt rounds are coming up, so it would be surprising to see Germany rising to a serious fight for the gold. Germany and Austria will probably decide the silver and bronze medals between themselves, unless Switzerland, Italy or Netherlands can dramatically improve their game on the felt course. Not a totally impossible scenario, so we will wait and see what happens.

TOP 5 IN WOMEN:

  1:   24   32   24   =   80   RENGBRANDT Jessica (Sweden)
  1:   22   37   21   =   80   WIKLUND Karin (Sweden)
  3.   23   34   25   =   82   KOBISCH Alice (Germany)
  4:   24   39   21   =   84   BERGER-RELLA Elisabeth (Austria)
  4:   23   31   30   =   84   van der LAAN Ingrid (Netherlands)
full scores of all players

Jessica Rengbrandt made her sensational breakthrough at European Cup 2007, where her blue total score on felt was the third best of all players, only behind Carl-Johan Ryner and Anders Olsson. She has played in Swedish national team three times before (2004–2006), with not very satisfying ranks 13th, 16th and 21st in women’s competition. 2009 seems to become her great breakthrough year in individual major tournaments.

Best female player from outside of Europe:
28:   31   47   31   =   109   MOTEGI Akiko (Japan)

» live results of Minigolf World Championships 2009, Odense, Denmark
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Finland JJM (John Mittler)

20 Aug 2009 at 10:02
Only one round will decide all individual medals, so I hope that it is not very thin material. Some hours from now we will be much wiser.

By the way, Ádám Fazekas of Hungary is somewhere around the top 5 too (depending on how you look at the scores, as he has played E - F - E, while most of the men have played F - E - F).

Denmark PLS (Peter  Sorensen)

20 Aug 2009 at 09:44
Dont you think your comments on eternit for male players, especially
German and Austrian team are based on very thin material ( only one round ) ;-)))

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41 first-timers play in Odense 2009

Denmark 19 Aug 2009 at 10:07 | views: 4009 | Comments: 0

41 new players (11 women and 30 men), who have never before played European or World Championships of general class, are seen in this year’s competition in Odense. 32 % of the 130 participants are newcomers on the European scene of adult championships. Here ...
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Visa problems keep Nigeria etc. away from Odense

World 18 Aug 2009 at 21:59 | views: 5951 | Comments: 0

Nigerian minigolfers have today announced that their visa application was delayed too much, and they cannot travel to World Championships in Odense, Denmark. Also some other players from outside of Europe have experienced delays getting a visa, causing them to ...
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21 countries in Odense: back to square 1999

World 18 Aug 2009 at 20:21 | views: 4160 | Comments: 3

Odense will host players from 21 countries, which is 50% of the 42 member nations of WMF. 18 European nations, two Asian countries, and one player from North America will show their skills at the felt and eternite courses of Fyn Arena. The number of member ...
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21 countries in Odense: back to square 1999

Team nominations for WC

Team nominations for WC

World 18 Aug 2009 at 13:26 | views: 4200 | Comments: 2

Yesterday the Team nominations was due for the national Head Coaches. Minigolfnews has noticed some interesting details: Men * CJ Ryner is back as closer in the Swedish Team. * Filiph Svensson takes place as starter in the same team. * Marcus Larsson ...
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