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Kontvainienė and Narušis wins Lithuanian Bowling Championships


J. Kontvaineinė & L. Narušis - Lithuanian bowling champions
J. Kontvaineinė & L. Narušis | Picture source: Lithuanian Bowling Federation

Lithuanian Bowling Championships were marked with a fourth consecutive crown and a first national title in more than a decade lasting career.


The final round of the season's Lithuanian Bowling Championship was held on May 28, at the "StrikeHouse" bowling in Kaunas. It featured the top ten bowlers from four divisions - Men, Women, Senior, and additional Men division, with averages under 190.


Four athletes from each division advanced to the semifinals after the fourth six-game qualifying round (24 games total).


Jolanta Kontvainienė won the title in the Women's division for the first time, beating Marija Žiogė in the decisive third game of the final by one pin (183:198; 192:172; 188:187). It was her first career champion title in the Women's division of the Lithuanian Bowling Championships. Daiva Perminienė and Rasa Germanavičienė ended in third place.


The Men's final turned into a real bowling treat for the audience. Laurynas Narušis and Aidas Daniūnas, who won the World Championship gold together two years ago after teaming up to win the doubles title in Dubai, had to compete against one another this time for a national title.


In the series of best-of-two, the first game was a tie, the winner wasn't known until two Roll-off rounds. Laurynas Narušis made two strikes, went up 1-0 in the series, and kept his leading position until the end. The 17-year-old won the second game 223:170 and claimed the national title for a record-tying fourth time. Edvinas Skarbalius and Algirdas Motiejūnas took third place in Men's division.


Žilvinas Perminas won his second consecutive gold in the Senior's division, while Gintautas Raudys sealed his first-career national title in the additional Men's division, with averages under 190.