Singapore billiard king of English descent ousted at SEA Games after long reign

Peter Gilchrist, a billiard player from Singapore, poses with his silver medal after the final of the English billiards men's singles event at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 17, 2022.  - Peter Gilchrist, of English descent in Singapore, saw his extraordinary run in the 2009 SEA Games when six consecutive billiard golds collapsed on May 16.  (Photo by Cui Le Boui / AFP)

Singapore billiards player Peter Gilchrist poses with his silver medal after the final of the English billiards men’s singles event at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Hanoi on May 17, 2022. (Photo by Cui Le Boui / AFP)

Peter Gilchrist, of English descent in Singapore, saw a remarkable race to win six billiard gold medals in a row at the 2009 SEA Games on Tuesday.

The 54-year-old, who was born in Middlesbrough, northeast of England, lost surprisingly 3-1 to Myanmar’s Pauk Sa in the English billiards final and had to win the silver medal.

Gilchrist told reporters in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, “It was a good run, but all good runs have to end and it’s over.”

Gilchrist coached Singapore at the Games in 2003, but three years later he became a city-state citizen under a special scheme for foreign athletes.

He then played for the Singapore national team twice before being named the country’s Athlete of the Year.

Despite tasting defeat and in the twilight of his career, Gilchrist is determined to go for more gold at the SEA Games starting in Cambodia next year.

“I’ll try to win in Cambodia in a year, and maybe go into six more gold races, who knows?” She laughed.

“I want to continue playing.”

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