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Opatija, Croatia • 20 – 29 August 2015

Opatija, 29 de Agosto de 2015

ZLATAN MEANS GOLD IN CROATIAN

Opatija 2015 Zlatan
Zlatan: Simon Ekenberg, Simon Hult, Rodrigo Garcia De Rosa, Giuseppe Delle Cave, Daniel Gullberg, Johan Karlsson, Marshall Lewis

The premier event at these youth championships was completed yesterday: the Junior Teams. The final was between Norway (Christian Bakke, Harald Eide, Tor Elvind Grude and Kristoffer Hegge) and Zlatan, a team containing players from Argentina (Rodrigo Garcia Da Rosa), Italy (Giuseppe Delle Cave) and Sweden (Simon Ekenberg, Simon Hult, Daniel Gullberg and Johan Karlsson), with nonplaying captain Marshall Lewis from Croatia.

Christian Bakke, Tor Eivind Grude, Kristoffer Hegge, Harald Eide
Christian Bakke, Tor Eivind Grude,
Kristoffer Hegge, Harald Eide

In the first 16 boards, Zlatan took a 48 to 9 lead. But Norway recouped 35 imps in the second to enter the last set down by only 4 imps. Norway started that session on fire, gaining 23 unanswered imps over the first four deals. But then the tide turned. The score over the last 12 boards was 45-1 in favor of Zlatan. They won the gold medals by 114 imps to 89.

Ola Rimstedt, Ioannis Oikonomopoulos, Mikael Rimstedt, Adam Kaplan
Ola Rimstedt, Ioannis Oikonomopoulos,
Mikael Rimstedt, Adam Kaplan

In the playoff for the bronze medals, Australia (Renee Cooper, Ella Pattison, Shane Harrison, Maxim Henbest, Jamie Thompson and Stephen Williams, with Justin Williams npc) played against another transnational team, GreSwe Axon (Adam Kaplan from the United States, Ioannis Oikonomopoulos from Greece, Mikael and Ola Rimstedt from Sweden, and Giorgos Oikonomopoulos coach).

GreSwe Axon led by 1 imp after the first third, and extended that lead to 31 imps in the second session. Australia recovered imps in the third set, but insufficient to win. The bronze medals went to GreSwe Axon by 98 imps to 72.

The Juniors’ Team Final

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