PH pock­ets two golds in 9-ball pool sin­gles

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KUALA LUMPUR -World Cup medal­ists Carlo Biado and Chezka Cen­teno dom­i­nated their re­spec­tive events in bil­liards to power the Philip­pines’ four-gold har­vest Sun­day in the 29th South­east Asian Games.

Biado kept his win­ning fash­ion and proved him­self su­pe­rior by top­ping the men’s 9-ball pool sin­gles event with a 9-5 blowout against Duong Quoc Hoang of Vietnam.

“Masaya ako na naka­pag­bi­gay na na­man ako ng panalo para sa at­ing bansa,” said Biado, whose tenac­ity and solid shots gave him an early 4-0 ad­van­tage in the race to nine ti­tle match.

Biado’s team­mate Jo­hann Chua set­tled for the bronze.

On the other hand, Cen­teno started the gold har­vest of the day, beat­ing fel­low Filipino tor­men­tor Ru­bilen Amit, 76 to re­tain the women’s 9-ball pool sin­gle crown.

“I didn’t ex­pect to win the match, I was shocked when she (Amit) scored a shot but scratched the mother ball in the side pocket," said Cen­teno.

Amit, ad­mit­ting she was on course for the win with four balls re­main­ing un­til the “fatal er­ror,” set­tled for the sil­ver.

Cen­teno also beat Amit in the 2015 edi­tion of the re­gional bi­en­nial meet held in Sin­ga­pore.

The other two golds came from Sa­muel Mor­ri­son who ruled the men’s un­der 74kg Kyurogi event in taek­wondo and ju­doka Mariya Taka­hashi who topped the women’s above 63kg up to 70kg in judo.

Con­tribut­ing in the last few days for Team Philip­pines were Michael Chris­tian who took the sil­ver in fig­ure skat­ing (in­di­vid­ual) and Ar­ven Al­can­tara in men’s un­der 68kg taek­wondo.

As of 4:30 p.m. Mon­day (Aug. 28), the Philip­pines tal­lied 23-28-55 (gold-sil­ver-bronze). PNA

PNA 9-POOL SIN­GLES WIN­NERS. Chezka Cen­teno (right) flashes her gold medal af­ter win­ning the 9-ball pool women's sin­gles on August 27, 2017 at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She de­feated com­pa­triot Ru­bilen Amit (left) who set­tled for sil­ver.

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