Hanoi — A Legendary World Champion As his coach, how could Rubilan Amit make a mistake?
The 10-ball world champion, Amit, scored a perfect run on Tuesday on his way to winning his third Southeast Asian Games 9-ball title – his ninth overall at the biennial meeting – at a full Ha Dong gymnasium.
“This is my coach and idol,” said 2010 9-ball world champion Francisco “Django” Bustamanter Amit, who was keeping an eye on a part of his game that he was still working on.
Amit, who was leading 3-0 in the final against Jessica Tan of Singapore, broke the fourth row. Misque briefly shuts down his momentum, causing him to scratch twice and allow his opponent to close 3-2.
But Amit got his bearings back after Tan missed a corner 1-ball in the sixth row. The Singaporean stood on the same row again but a corner pushed that ball. It took Amit 7-2 to decide at the end.
“Not for anything else, but I was scared too,” said Bustamante in the Filipino. “Of course our Filipino billiard fans expect gold medals from us.”
“I know he (Tan) will not give up easily. I expected the match to be very close, ”said Amit. “It simply came to our notice then because my heart was pounding. I like a great leadership. “
The win gave the Philippines its first gold in billiards and snooker, but the country has already confirmed one more after Carlo Biado and Johan Chua created a duel for the men’s 9-ball crown on Wednesday.
Amit and Chezka Senteno are also favorites for the women’s 10-ball break on Wednesday.
“They will take care of my partner (Senteno),” said Amit.
But Bustamante interrupted him and said, “No, they’ll take care of both of you.”
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