shoots to 3-cushion victory
Duong Anh Vu shoots on his way to winning the Asian Billiards 3-Cushion
Championship on Wednesday in Seoul. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI — Duong Anh Vu
made history as the first Vietnamese player to win the Asian Billiards 3-Cushion
Championship on Wednesday in Seoul.
Vu, ranked 31 in the
world, met little difficulty in the final against Arai Tatsuo, ranked 79,
In the semi-final match
earlier, Vu came from behind to beat South Korea’s Kim Kyung-roul, who is
ranked eighth in the world and was the tournament favourite.
Kim, to the delight of the
spectators, quickly won the first set. However, Vu came back in the second
before winning the third after a rare mistake by Kim.
It was the second time Vu
has beaten the South Korean. His first triumph was in the 2006 Asian Games.
In the all-Japanese other
semi-final, Tatsuo trounced Funaki Kouji.
compatriot Tran Chi Thanh lost in the qualifying round earlier in the week to
Asian Games champion Umeda Ryuuji of Japan.
Vu is Viet Nam’s top
player. He won two gold medals at the 2007 national championship’s in the 1-
and 3-cushion events. He also triumphed at the Asian Indoor Games 3 in Macau and
the 24th Southeast Asian Games last year.
The HCM City-born athlete,
who is also the National Top Cueists Tournament 2007 defending champion, is
unchallenged domestically in 3-cushion billiards. — VNS