Euro Youth Championships – Gold medals for Khodjaeva, Filler and Delgado Hernandez

Monday, 30 July 2012: The 10-ball finals are over. The new European Champions are Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL) in the girl's division, Joshua Filler (GER) in the pupil's division and Jose Alberto Delgado Hernandez (ESP) in the junior's division.

The first final to  finish was the pupil's division.  Only after about one hour of play, Joshua Filler pocketed his final 10-ball to defeat Andreas Madsen (DEN) clearly with 6:2. A loud scream came from Filler's mouth when he realized that the winning ball would go in. “I felt a huge load being taken off my mind”, said Filler after the match, “I really wanted that title. Eventually, after four times in the final, I think I deserved a title”. “I played a bit offhand in the beginning but then I was able to get back in the zone with my concentration”.

The junior's final finished after the pupil's.  The tension in the junior's final was very present. Tobias Bongers (GER) was leading 5:2 and 6:4 and he played solid and confident. But he should not have underestimated Delgado. The Spaniard approached Bongers rack after rack and tied the match at 6:6. The 13th rack was determined by safety play. In the end, Delgado had the better end and won the title.

In the girl's division, Kamila Khodjaeva played Ana Gradisnik (SLO). Gradisnik is known to be a slow player and forced her game onto Khodjaeva.  That worked in the beginning and Gradisnik was always in the lead and went on the hill first with 4:3. But Khodjaeva showed her full experience and was able to turn the tide in the match, winning 5:4 in the end.

Tomorrow, the matches  will continue at 09:00 CET.  The morning will feature 8-ball individuals. From 16:45 and onwards, the Team competition will resume.

The event  is hosted by the European Governing Body for Pool, the European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) and organized by International Billiard Promotion (IBP). For further information and reference please go to the federation website , follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact our press office.