Wallner Sneaks Into the Last 32 Single Elimination

Johann Wallner (AUT) under the observing eyes of an EPBF referee Foto: EPBF/DK

After an opening loss, the Austrian is back in the race for Gold

Wednesday, 08 August 2012: Johann Wallner (AUT) eliminated Sascha Manojlovic
(SUI) from the 8-ball competition with a 7:4 victory in the loser's qualification round.

Wallner did not start well into today's 8-ball competition at the Dynamic Billiards European Championships for Seniors and Ladies. He lost his first match 7:6 against Portuguese superstar player and multiple European Champion Henrique Correia. That must have been some kind of wake-up call for the Austrian. He was so close to defeat the big gun here. However, Wallner won his next two matches over Julien Livens (BEL) with 7:5 and Sascha Manojlovic (SUI) with 7:4 in order to get back in the ring. He will now be drawn into the final 32 players' single elimination stage which starts at 18:00 CET.

Another head-to-head shootout took place between David Plattner (SUI) and Stefano Bazzana (ITA). They went from 0:0 to 6:6 all the way without one of them getting a two-rack lead over the opponent at any time. It was Bazzana in the end to pocket the "golden 8-ball"and win the match 7:6. Bazzana will join Wallner in the round of the last 32 players while Plattner has to wait for the 9-ball competition to begin tomorrow.

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