A charm for the fourth time ‘lucky’ Johan Chuar

Johan Chua ended the bronze medal streak with a stunning run for the men's 9-ball gold.  - PSC picture.

Johan Chua ended the bronze medal streak with a stunning run for the men’s 9-ball gold. – PSC picture.

The night before their All-Filipino 9-ball final, Johan Chua joked with his roommate, former World Games and US Open champion Carlo Biado, with whom he will argue for gold at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The irresistible underdog, 29-year-old Chua told Biado that he would have to break Biado’s arm or something else to get a chance.

It didn’t happen, it was said jokingly, above all. But Chua still emerged victorious due to a huge break in the last frame where he said: “The ball found its way to my victory.”

Beado was on the verge of putting tremendous pressure on Chua — who took an 8-6 lead জন্য for another cleanup with a clean shot from the black No. 8 ball that would trim the deficit in a frame.

But luck fell on Chua.

“I was shocked, too,” Chua said of Filipinos, referring to a flabbergasted shot that the highly respected pool shark could do 99-percent of the time. “I asked myself: ‘Is God giving me a gold medal?’

Chua is so sure that Biado will make it, considering that Biado jumped and drove No. 7 to get out of a tight spot.

“I mean, a player like Carlo had only a one percent chance of missing that shot, and that’s what happened in our match today.”

Needless to say, Chua landed the next two balls to win the Race-9 match.

And although the win means a lot to Chua after his bronze medal efforts in the previous three SEA games, he still believes it’s the break that gave him this gold.

“In billiards, even if you’re the best in the world, even after you make the best shots, you can still sway the next one,” he said.

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