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Surprising winners in European Youth 8-ball

Three more Gold Medals have been awarded at the Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth in the Alpina Sports & Wellness Hotel, St. Johann i.Pg, Austria. The 8-ball individuals are over and the titles were taken by Diana Khodjaeva (BEL), Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) and Pascal Bruckmann (GER) in their respective categories.
 
In the Under 19’s, Pascal Bruckmann was definitely the underdog. His opponent Maksim Dudanets (RUS) has already won the Gold Medal in straight pool and a Bronze Medal in 10-ball this week. But the match took a course as nobody would have expected it. Bruckmann had a furious start and after six racks, the scoreboard displayed a 5:1 lead for the German. Then Dudanets pulled one rack back, making the score 2:5. But Bruckmann was on fire. He played almost perfectly and won the next two racks as well, winning the match and the title with 7:2.
 
Top Eight 8-Ball Under 19’s
 
1. Pascal Bruckmann (GER)
2. Maksim Dudanets (RUS)
3. Oliver Szolnoki (HUN)
Krystian Cwikla (POL)
4. Raphael Wahl (GER)
Cyriel Ledoux (NED)
Sergey Lutsker (RUS)
Daniel Guttenberger (AUT)
 
The final in the Under 17’s between Sanjin Pehlivanovic and Eklent Kaci (ALB) was the encounter of two players with excellent shotmaking talents and hard breaks. Both players showed strong and consisting performances throughout the week so far. No wonder the match was quite even from beginning to end. Being 5:4 up, Eklent Kaci had his own break shot and the chance to finish the match in his favor. But he scratched while trying to clear his group and allowed Pehlivanovic back to the table. The young player from Sarajevo committed several mistakes earlier but this time he cleared the table, turning the match into a hill-hill thriller at 5:5. With his own break coming up, Pehlivanovic had a good chance to win the match. And he made use of it. He broke, cleared the table and won the title 6:5 over Kaci.
 
Top Eight 8-Ball Under 17’s
 
1. Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH)
2. Eklent Kaci (ALB)
3. Daniel Maciol (POL)
Sajid Raheem (NOR)
4. Osman Sanlisoy (TNC)
Patrick Hofman (GER)
Jan Van Lierop (NED)
Kamil Szasor (POL)
 
In the girls division, Diana Khodajeva was the favorite player. She managed to eliminate Russian star player Kristina Tkach 5:3 in the semi-final. Her opponent Emily Heidergott (GER) was probably on no-one’s list for the final match in girl’s 8-ball. She lost in the first winner’s round to her teammate Jana Peters. With victories over Dina Fatihova (RUS) 5:2, Vilde-Mary Holme (NOR) 5:0 and Hannah Memic (BIH) 5:0, she came back to the semi-finals in the girls division where she was able to take revenge for her defeat, ousting Jana Peters with 5:1. The final match was exciting. Both players played at even strength. After 5 racks, Heidergott was 3:2 in the lead. Khodjaeva missed the 8-ball and gave Heidergott the chance to get a two point lead in the match and get on the hill. But Heidergott’s nerves played a trick on her. She missed the last ball of her group and Khodjaeva won that match to turn the score to 3:3. The next rack was run out by Khodjaeva and it put her on the h ill with 4:3. Rack eight turned out to be a struggle for both. One ball of each group were frozen to the side rail and the match turned into a tactical battle. However, Khodjaeva proved to be the more experienced player forcing Heidergott to commit a foul. With ball in hand, Khodjaeva pocketed the remaining balls and won the match and the title 5:3.
 
Top Six 8-Ball Girls
 
1. Diana Khodjaeva (BEL)
2. Emily Heidergott (GER)
3. Kristina Tkach (RUS)
Jana Peters (GER)
4. Hanna Memic (BIH)
Marharyta Fefilava (BLR)
 
Medal table after 3 of 5 events
 
1. Russia
2. Germany
3. Belgium
4. Ukraine
5. Bosnia & Hercegovina
6. Poland
7. Albania
8. Switzerland
9. Belarus
Finland
Hungary
Italy
Norway
 
Earlier today, the first rounds of the 9-ball individuals have been played. An outstanding match took place between Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) and Jonas Souto (ESP). Both players are 13 year old but Pehlivanovic, being the defending Champion, has a lot more experience that Souto who is attending his first EC. That was also what made the difference in that match. Pehlivanovic did not play his A-game, but since Souto always missed easy shots due to lack of concentration and playing too fast, the match was leveled all the way through. The situation got to hill-hill. At 6:6, it was Souto’s break shot. The young lad from Spain had a ball down but only one more ball crossed the headstring. According to the rules, that is deemed to be an illegal break and the opponent gets to the table. That’s what Pehlivanovic did. He found an open table in front of him with no real problems. He focussed on the game and pocketed ball after ball, winning the rack and the match with a lucky 7:6 over So uto. „I know I did not play well in this match“, admitted Pehlivanovic after the match, but I will also play the semi-final in 8-ball this afternoon. I need to get better then though“, Pehlivanovic added.
 
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the team competition. In the afternoon, the 9-ball individuals will continue.
 
All matches can be viewed LIVE at www.kozoom.com. Up to 24 tables in HiRes quality are providing you with all the action of the event. You do not miss out one single match! Join today!
 
More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website www.epconline.eu.
 
The event will is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.

Szolnoki dethrones Wahl

Oliver Szolnoki (HUN)

In the quarter-finals of the 8-ball Under 19’s of the Dynamic Billard European Championship Youth, Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) overpowered defending Champion Raphael Wahl (GER) with 7:3.
 
Szolnoki had the better break shot throughout the match. Though he started a bit inconsistently, he grew stronger and pocketed very well. Wahl could not find his rhythm and after 9 racks he found himself trailing with 3:6. Having his own break shot coming up, Wahl decided to change his strategy. He executed a slow break shot in order to leave as many balls in clusters as possible. He saw that Szolnoki was playing with great confidence while he could not find his game so he needed to try a change. That final rack took over 21 minutes. Wahl only tried to leave bad positions for Szolnoki who struggled with that tactics. IN the end, Wahl tried to pocket one of his own balls together with one of Szolnoki’s group but he failed. He did not even block the pocket for Szolnoki. That was the moment when the curtain came down on Wahl. Szolnoki went to the table, pocketed all of his remaining balls and sank the 8-ball in the side pocket to win the match with 7:3. In the semi-final he will pl ay Maksim Dudanets (RUS) who won 7:2 over Daniel Guttenberger (AUT). The other semi-final in the Under 19’s will be played between Pascal Bruckmann (GER) and Krystian Cwikla (POL).
 
In the Under 17’s, defending Champion Daniel Maciol (POL) is still on track. He made his way through to the semi-finals with a more than clear 6:1 victory over Jan Van Lierop (NED). In the semis, Maciol will face last year’s 9-ball Champion Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) who took down Kamil Szasor (POL) 6:1 to book his seat in the semi-final. Unheralded Sajid Raheem (NOR) will face last year’s bronze medallist Eklent Kaci (ALB) in the other semi-final.
 
The semifinals in the girls division will feature Kristina Tkach (RUS) playing with Diana Khodjaeva (BEL) and in an all German affair, Jana Peters will encounter Emily Heidergott. All semi-finals will begin at 17:00 CET on Sunday, July 26th.
 
The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the start of the 9-ball individuals competition. At 17:00, the 8-ball semi-finals will be played, followed by the final matches.
 
All matches can be viewed LIVE at www.kozoom.com. Up to 24 tables in HiRes quality are providing you with all the action of the event. You do not miss out one single match! Join today!
 
More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website www.epconline.eu.
 
The event will is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.

Defending Champion Maciol On His Way

Daniel Maciol (POL)

In the Under 17 category of the Dynamic Billard European Championships Youth at the Alpina Sports & Wellness Hotel in St. Johann i.Pg, Austria, defending Champion Daniel Maciol (POL) is on his way in the straight pool competition. Three consecutive wins over Mustafa Alnar (TNC) 75:35, Andreas-Steen Bonnelykke (NOR) 75:20 and Kamil Szasor (POL) 75:61 put him in his spot in the quarter-final against Tony Da Costa (FRA). Maciol played rock solid pool and the only real challenge for him today was his teammate Szasor who managed to oust last year’s runner-up Jan Van Lierop (NED) in the round of the last 32 players with 75:66.

 

Under 17 Quarter-finals

Daniel Maciol (POL) v Tony Da Costa (FRA)

Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) v Frederico Amendola (ITA)

Fedor Gorst (RUS) v Kaylash Persad (NED)

Hasan Emre Vural (NOR) v Wiktor Zielinski (POL)

 

In the Under 19 category, Maksim Dudanets (RUS) is currently playing in his own class. Victories over Michal Muklewicz (POL) 100:37, Sandrino File (NED) 100:11 and Austrian local hero Daniel Guttenberger (AUT) 100:55 booked the ticket for Dudanets’ quarter-final seat. The Russian is playing in the U19 category for the first time this year and is already belonging to the circle of the favorite players. Another hot candidate for a seat in the final match is Andreas Madsen (DEN). He won his matches today over Kevin Makelberge (BEL) 100:33, Konrad Kleinszmit (POL) 100:59, Hungarian hope Oliver Szolnoki (HUN) 100:57 and Marcel Willing (AUT) 100:93. Madsen will meet Marsel Safiullin (RUS) in the quarter-final match while Dudanets will have to deal with Dogukan Dogu (TNC).

 

Under 19 Quarter-finals

Michael Schneider (SUI) v Krystian Cwikla (POL)

Adrijan Todic (SUI) v Vitaly Patsura (UKR)

Andreas Madsen (DEN) v Marsel Safiullin (RUS)

Maksim Dudanets (RUS) v Dogukan Dogu (TNC)

 

The tournament will continue tomorrow at 09:00 local time with the first round of the 10-ball competition. The quarter-finals matches of the straight pool competition will be played at15:30 local time with the semi-finals and finals to follow right after.

 

All matches can be viewed LIVE at www.kozoom.com. Up to 24 tables in HiRes quality are providing you with all the action of the event. You do not miss out one single match! Join today!

 

More information about participants, schedules, achievements, rankings, etc can be found on the event website www.epconline.eu.

 

The event will is hosted by the European Pocket Billiard Federation EPBF and organized by International Billiard Promotion Foundation IBPF.