Poland takes the lead in the medal table
Portoroz, Slovenia: The Gold medalists are Mateusz Sniegocki (POL), Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) and Kurt Deklerck (BEL). The final match in the men’s division between
Sniegocki and Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) was a demonstration of power from the Polish player. He seemed to be so full of self-confidence. He played rock solid and punished every mistake that Stepanov made without mercy. „It’s good to hear that I look very self-confident“, stated a modest Sniegocki after the final, „sometimes though I did not feel like that“, he said, smiling. „I think I did not give many chances to my opponents today. Maybe that was the key for my success today. I feel very happy about that Gold Medal“. Sniegocki defeated Stepanov clearly with 8:3 and Stepanov never had a chance to get into the match at all.
The women’s final between Czuprynska and Marika Poikkijoki (FIN) was also a clear affair. Czuprynska was superior to Poikkijoki, who eliminated favorite player Jasmin Ouschan (AUT) in the semi-final. Czuprynska couldn’t believe her victory right after she won 6:2 over Poikkijoki. „I really don’t know how I feel“, said Czuprynska, „I think I’m still nervous“ she said, still completely full of emotions after the match. „I feel like after I won the Gold Medal in the World Junior Championships in Poland. And I really like that feeling. I like it so much that I want to feel it again during these Championships“, said likable Czuprynska. If she will be able to keep her performance on today’s level, it will
not be a surprise if she will be seen in the final stages of the upcoming disciplines as well.
In the wheelchair division, Deklerck proved to play too strong for Roy Kimberley (GBR) and took the title with 6:4.
The Dynamic Billard European Championships will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with the 8-ball competition. Since the final matches finished a bit late in time, the awards ceremony will be held tomorrow evening at 21:00 CET.
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