Oliwia Czuprynska is World Champion

World 9-Ball Champion Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) Foto: KS

Polish Girl went for the Gold Medal

Saturday, 03 September 2011: In a gripping final, Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) won over Anastasia Nechaeva (RUS) with 9:7.

Things looked very promising for Czuprynska in the beginning of the match. She managed to gain a comfortable 4:0 lead over Nechaeva. But then the 18-year old girl from Yekaterinburg struck back. She turned the match and won the next 6 racks, taking a 6:4 lead over Czuprynska. It looked like the pressure was too much for Czuprynska. But far from it! Oliwia Czuprynska suddenly continued her focussed performance from the early stage of the match and in turn put pressure in Nechaeva, taking an 8:6 lead over her Russian opponent. Nechaeva was able to gain one more rack to make the score 8:7 in favour of Czuprynska. In the 16th rack which was a very tough runout, Oliwia Czuprynska eliminated all hopes from her opponent, winning the first World Champion title for her country in pool billiard's history. “I am so proud, I cannot find the right words to express my feelings”, said Czuprynska after the final. “The last rack was so tough that I'm still shaking”. “I think it will take some time to realize what I have achieved today” stated Czuprynska.

In the wheelchair division, Jouni Tahti (FIN) overcame Henrik Larsson (SWE) with 9:6. Tahti was the favoured player and had the match under control at any time. He had a 5:1 and 7:3 lead over Larsson and everything looked like a quick end of that final. But Larsson managed to come back and close the gap a bit, making the score 8:6 for Tahti. Then, the experience from the Finish multiple European and World Champion made the difference and he won the World Champion title, winning the match with 9:6.

The final in the juniors division will come up next and will be played between Konrad Piekarski (POL) and Marek Kudlik (POL) Piekarski terminated Bence Varga (HUN) in a thriller with 11:10. Not less exciting, Kudlik ousted Marc Bijsterbosch (NED) 11:10. The final in the juniors division will be an all Polish clash between Piekarski and Kudlik.

The event is hosted and organized by makmarketing. For further information and reference please go to the website http://www.makmarketing.pl/worldchampionships2011/index.php, follow us on twitter @EPBF_News or contact the EPBF press office.

Top 8 finishers girls division

1. Oliwia Czuprynska POL
2. Anastasia Nechaeva RUS
3. Kamila Khodjaeva BEL, Darya Sirotina RUS
5. Karen Garcia-Gallego NCA, Briana Miller USA
7. Natalia Seroshtan RUS, Monika Zabek POL

Top 8 finishers wheelchair division

1. Jouni Tahti FIN
2. Henrik Larsson SWE
3. Kurt Deklerck BEL, Fred Dinsmore IRE
5. Leszek Blumczynski POL, Roy Kimberley GBR
7. Danny Luton GBR, Tony Southern GBR