9-ball titles for Khodjaeva, Larsson and Sanchez-Ruiz
The final 9-ball matches of this year’s Dynamic Billard European Championships for Men, Women and Wheelchair Athletes have been played. The last titles were taken by Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL), Henrik Larsson (SWE) and Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP).
The men’s final was more or less a one man show from Sanchez-Ruiz. His opponent Joshua Filler (GER) could not find into the match at all and when he was at the table he seemed to make the wrong decisions regarding his shot selection. All of this lead to a huge domination of Sanchez-Ruiz in the final and consequently the match ended with a high result of 9:3 in his favor.
- Francisco Sanchez-Ruiz (ESP)
- Joshua Filler (GER)
- Denis Grabe (EST)
Ruslan Chinakhov (RUS)
The women’s final was a story with a great comeback for Khodjaeva. Her opponent Ina Kaplan (GER) looked like the sure winner being 6:2 up on Khodjaeva. But somehow the tide turned in favor of the Belgian. She started to rule the match and Kaplan seemed to be nervous. She missed more and more shots and consequently, Khodjaeva got closer and even tied the match hill-hill at 6:6. The final rack was an affair of nerves and safety play where Khodjaeva had the better ending on her side.
- Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)
- Ina Kaplan (GER)
- Kristina Grim (GER)
Sara Rocha (POR)
In the wheelchair division, the final match took a similar course than the men’s final did. Henrik Larsson dominated the match over Kurt Deklerck (BEL) and took a start-to-finish victory with 7:2 which was never really endangered. Today, Larsson was simply too strong for Deklerck.
- Henrik Larsson (SWE)
- Kurt Deklerck (BEL)
- Fred Dinsmore (IRL)
Jouni Tahti (FIN)
The final medal table:
That concludes the coverage of the Dynamic Billard European Championships. We will be back with more action from the Euro-Tours coming up here in St. Johann i.Pg., starting on Thursday.
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