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The women's U18 team won bronze: Silvia Gaiser, Natalie Prantl, Kristina Pöhl and Greta Trojer (from left).

That's how it went for South Tyrol's bowlers on the international stage

In the past few weeks, the small Slovakian town of Brezno has been the focus of bowling. The World Championships for U14, U23 and the general class as well as the European Championship for U18 took place there. Particularly noteworthy are the U18 results, where two sets of bronze went to South Tyrol.

In Italy, bowling only takes place in South Tyrol, which is why the Italian national teams consisted exclusively of South Tyroleans. The first to travel to Brezno were the U14 and U18.

As already mentioned, South Tyrol's young U18 bowlers achieved two bronze medals. Once it was the women's team that came in third place with an average of 578,75 pins. The team included Natalie Prantl, Kristina Pöhl, Greta Trojer and Silvia Gaiser. Trojer almost made it to the next medal in the individual combination, but she came fourth because of a cone.

Prantl and Piazzi take bronze in tandem

The second bronze set was in the U18 tandem mixed. Natalie Prantl and Philipp Piazzi competed together and advanced to the semi-finals. There they were defeated by a Polish duo, but they consoled themselves with the bronze medal. In the U14, it was not enough for a top result.

The South Tyrolean U23 squad.

Next it was the turn of the U23s in Brezno. In this category, South Tyrol and Italy came away empty-handed. There was no top 10 place in the team, neither the women nor the men qualified for the individual final. Jasmin Prader made it to the quarterfinals in the sprint.

Also general class without medal

Finally, the big highlight was on the program in Brezno, the World Championships in the general class. Six South Tyrolean figureheads were there. Laura Runggatscher, Vera Rabanser and Dagmar Wiedenhofer represented Italy for the women, while Armin Egger, Aaron Peer Pratzer and Alex Pisch traveled to Slovakia for the men.

The general class returned home without a medal.

Only Laura Runggatscher made it through the qualification in the individual, but was eliminated in the first knockout round by the eventual bronze winner Julia Huber from Austria. The same fate befell Rabanser in the sprint, where she lost out in the quarterfinals to the German, later bronze winner, Luisa Ebert. Runggatscher had to raise the flag in the sprint in the second round against the German Alina Dollheimer. Dollheimer would later be crowned the new sprint world champion.

In the men's race there was a strange match in the first round of the sprint. Armin Egger met his teammate from KK Neumarkt, the Slovakian Erik Kuna. And Egger kept the upper hand, but was eliminated in the second round. In the final tandem mixed, only the result of Runggatscher and Egger stood out. The South Tyrolean duo made it to the quarter-finals, but then had to admit defeat to Celine Zenker and Manuel Lallinger - the two Germans later bowled each other to silver.

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