|Vietnamese cueist Trần Quyết Chiến at the Three-Cushion World Cup in Antalya, Turkey. — Photo kozoom.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese cuiest Trần Quyết Chiến won a bronze medal at the Three-Cushion World Cup in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday.
Chiến, 35 years old, lost to Jae Ho-cho of South Korea in the semi-finals.
Chiến has moved up one place in the world rankings to sixth place.
Turk Tayfun Tasdemir, 43, won the event and climbed to fifth place in the world rankings. Tasdemir defeated Cho, 38, in the final, but Cho has still climbed to third place in the rankings.
Earlier, Chiến lost out to Martin Horn of Germany (world No 26) in the first match of the qualifying round in Group G. However, he enjoyed two consecutive victories over Choi Wan Young (No 79) and Heo Jung Han (No 11), both of the Republic of South Korea, to progress to the quarter finals where he defeated Choi Sung Won of South Korea (17).
Another Vietnamese cueist Ngô Đình Nại also rose two places from 16th to 14th after reaching the quarter-finals. Although Nguyễn Quốc Nguyện was ousted from the qualifying round, he still kept his No 9 place.
The first 2019 World Cup was held for the first time under a new format. The first day of the main draw after the pre-rounds was played in eight groups of four instead of direct knock-out. Two players per group, sixteen in total, moved up to the real knock-out stages on Saturday.
Chiến, Nguyện and Nại will leave for South Korea to compete in the Survival Three-Cushion Masters in Incheon from February 28 to March 3. — VNS