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8-Ball Gold for Pereira and Wessel

Storm lost classic final thriller

Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina:  The Gold Medals in 8-Ball go to Manuel Pereira (POR) and Susanne Wessel (GER). The final match in the senior’s division was definitely wanted for by many viewers. Tom Storm (SWE) and Manuel Pereira both demonstrated enjoyable performances throughout the event but haven’t yet met. It was clear that the match would be
played on a very high quality level. So it was going to be interesting who would get in gear first, ready to go. In the first six racks, Storm and Pereira took turns in winning, leading to a 3:3 after 30 minutes of classic 8-ball. Then Storm lost his break shot. At this level, it was a lethal mistake. While Pereira always pocketed something on his break, Storm scratched and did not make balls anymore. That allowed Pereira to get an advantage over Storm. In the 10th rack, Pereira was breaking having a 6:3 lead. Suddenly, he scratched himself and opened doors for Storm that seemed to be closed already. Storm pulled that rack back from Pereira to turn the score to 6:4 only. But again, he could not pocket a ball on the break. Pereira used the chance Storm gave him and finished the match with 7:4.

8-Ball Gold Medalists Manuel Pereira and Susanne Wessel

8-Ball Gold Medalists
Manuel Pereira and Susanne Wessel

In the ladies division, the final was an all-German clash between Karin Michl and Susanne Wessel. The two contestants were both not expected in the final and appeared to be a bit nervous. Still, the match was thrilling since they took turns in winning racks which lead to a 4:4 situation. In the final rack, Wessel had the better end on her side and took the rack, the match and the title with 5:4.

Tomorrow, the event will continue with matches in the 9-ball individuals and in the team competition.

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