Profitable by no means will get outdated for cue grasp Peter Gilchrist.
The 51-year-old Singaporean lived as much as his most sensible billing as international champion and international No. 1 to retain his SEA Video games English billiards males’s singles crown the day prior to this.
On the Manila Resort, he beat acquainted foe Nay Thway Oo 3-Zero within the best-of-five, 100-up last for his 6th immediately gold since Laos 2009. He additionally beat the Myanmar participant within the 2013 last and 2017 semi-final.
After changing into Singapore’s oldest male gold medallist at those Video games, he exclaimed to The Straits Occasions: “I’ve nonetheless were given a couple of just right years left in me but!”
Not like his flawless run in 2017, when he didn’t drop a body, the Middlesbrough local did meet some resistance in his 3-1 wins over Indonesia’s Marlando Sihombing and Thailand’s Yuttapop Pakpoj in his quarter-final and semi-final.
And when he made a 100-break to take the opener 100-61, the general gave the look to be a trifling procession.
However nerves began to kick in and he stated: “There was once a large number of force on me to win and, on this quick layout, any mistake can also be deadly.
“Now we have a large number of appreciate for each and every different, so most likely we each were given somewhat fearful with the gold at stake.”
The enjoy of getting received this tournament is one thing you’ll’t purchase and it certain does assist in moments like this.
PETER GILCHRIST, Singapore’s billiards international champion, at the SEA Video games last which is performed within the quick layout.
Despite the fact that Nay had his probabilities and controlled to attain in each and every of the 3 frames, he didn’t capitalise and was once duly punished within the subsequent two frames – 101-43 and 100-51.
Mentioned Gilchrist: “The enjoy of getting received this tournament is one thing you’ll’t purchase and it certain does assist in moments like this.”
The gold caps his terrific yr. In October, he claimed his 6th international name so as to add to long-up triumphs in 1994, 2001, 2013 and 2016, in addition to a 2015 win within the 150-up layout.
A “great Christmas party” along with his spouse Dorothy and six-year-old daughter Ysabel awaits earlier than he plots his international championship defence and begins his season with the Scottish Open on Jan 25.
He stated: “I am 51, and this has been the fitting yr I’ve had, in order that counts for one thing.
“Clearly, I want to retain my international championship. It is going to be tricky however I can be up for it and, confidently, I’m going to get again to profitable techniques within the new yr.”
Within the girls’s 9-ball pool doubles, Suvene Ng and Jessica Tan misplaced to Indonesia’s Fathrah Masum and Nony Andilah 7-Three to assert the joint bronze medal.
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