MANILA, Philippines – Filipino ace Carlo Biado made history for the Philippines by defeating Jayson Shaw of Great Britain, 11-7, in the Finals of the men's 9-ball pool event in the World Games in Poland on Saturday morning (Sunday in Manila).
In the process, Biado pocketed the country's first gold medal in the quadrennial World Games.
Biado tied the match at seven-all after winning the 14th rack, and he never looked back as he won the next five racks to win the match.
"I just want to thank God for everything… this is my first time to play in the World Games and it's my honor to represent our country," said the 33-year-old Biado in a Facebook post.
The Philippines' previous best in the event was a bronze, won by Dennis Orcollo in the 2014 edition of the World Games in Cali, Columbia.
On the road to the finals, Biado toppled Joshua Filler of Germany, 11-5, in the round-of-16, defeated Mieszko Fortunski of Poland in the quarterfinals, and ousted Japan's Naoyuki Oi in the semis to arrange the title showdown against Shaw.
Shaw defeated Taipei's Ko Pin-Yi, 11-6, in the other semifinals match.
Meanwhile, Filipina Chezka Luy Centeno lost to China's Han Yu, 9-3, in their battle for the bronze.
Both Biado and Centeno will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. – Report from Marlon Bernardino
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