Maciol wins Gold Medal
Daniel Maciol (POL) has captured the title in the WPA World 9-Ball Championships Under 17. IN the final match, Maciol defeated Zheng Xian Huai (CHN) with 8:4. Both players started out quite nervously. After the third rack, Daniel found his rhythm and capitalized from his chances. Being ahead 6:2, Daniel missed his chance for getting on the hill and allowed Zheng to close the gap a bit, coming to 6:4. In the next rack, Zheng failed while attempting a jump shot. That brought Maciol on the hill. In the final rack, Maciol played an excellent safety shot which brought him the victory and the title.
In the girls final, favored Chezka Centeno (PHI) played Xia Yu Ying (CHN). Centeno dominated the match and only missed two shots. She won the one-sided final clearly with 9:3.
In the final of the Under 19s, Maksim Dudanets (RUS) could not get into his a-game. He missed positions and shots. His opponent Long Zhe Huang (CHN) got better and better and used his chances which Dudanets left him. 11:5 was the final result in favor of Long while Dudanets had to settle for silver medal.
It must be stated here that only the Gold and Silver medallists were honored in front of the public. The Bronze medals were handed out in a corner of the venue. Maybe something to think about for the organizers for future events…