SINGAPORE – Peter Gilchrist’s illustrious occupation spanning 30 years has observed him win six international billiards titles and medals at global tournaments, however the SEA Video games is the “more difficult problem” that the 51-year-old Singaporean appears to be like ahead to each and every two years.
Gilchrist, who gained the International Billiards Championship once more remaining month, informed The Straits Occasions that the shorter 100-up scoring structure used on the SEA Video games is “so cut-throat”.
“If the SEA Video games had the longer 1,000-up structure, I might be huge favourites and virtually unbeatable,” stated Gilchrist, who has 5 SEA Video games golds and has no longer been crushed in English billiards on the match since 2009.
“However within the shorter structure, I might be slight favourites at best possible as a result of my shape and popularity, and a unmarried mistake may also be deadly as a result of while there are handiest 5 1,000-plus breaks in English billiards, there are possibly hundreds of 100-plus breaks.
“I am actually having a look ahead to the SEA Video games and it might be nice if I may win some other one in the best way I did on the remaining Video games when I didn’t drop a unmarried body.”
Gilchrist used to be talking on the Winery at HortPark on Tuesday (Nov 19), the place he used to be introduced with The Straits Occasions Megastar of the Month for October for including his newest international name to those he gained in 1994, 2001, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
The award is an extension of ST’s Athlete of the 12 months prize, which used to be introduced in 2008. Each are subsidized by means of F&N’s 100Plus.
ST assistant sports activities editor Jonathan Wong paid tribute to Gilchrist’s longevity and perseverance, and stated: “Peter has gained international titles throughout 3 many years, which is a testomony to his willpower and keenness.
“He’s an inspiration not to simply his friends in his game, but additionally to all nationwide athletes.”
The end line is nowhere in sight for the Middlesbrough-born cue grasp, as he is taking purpose at changing into most likely the primary athlete to win international titles throughout 4 many years with some other triumph in 2021.
“I will almost certainly prevent once I get started getting crushed regularly,” stated Gilchrist, who credited Singapore’s Sports activities Excellence Scholarship, which he has been receiving since 2013, for conserving him within the sport when he needed to juggle his tasks as nationwide trainer with coaching and competitions.
“However at the present time, I am enjoying actually neatly. I have gained many tournaments, the International Championships used to be clearly the icing at the cake, and I am international No. 1 by means of a mile, so this has been my best possible yr.
“I didn’t knowingly make a choice a game with such longevity – I used to be a fast proper winger again within the day and may run the 100 metres in about 12 seconds – however billiards isn’t a bodily game like athletics or soccer.”
The daddy of a six-year-old woman assists in keeping have compatibility by means of swimming and figuring out on the gymnasium. He added: “Billiards is a bit of like chess, the place one can work out the strikes. It is simply that you were given to have just right methodology as neatly. So long as I stay myself in moderately just right form, I will be able to cross on enjoying. I believe like I will be able to cross on for some other decade.
“The past due Fred Davis gained the 1990 international championships when he used to be 66, and at the present time, there’s no reason why I can’t both.”
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