Carlo Biado defeated countryman Ronald Garcia 13-5 to win the world 9-ball title in Doha, Qatar Thursday.
Biado, who pocketed $30,000 (P1.5 million) for the victory, became the first Filipino to win the 9-ball crown since Francisco “Django” Bustamante in 2010.
He is the fifth Pinoy to win the distinction after Efren “Bata” Reyes (1999), Alex Pagulayan (2004), Ronato “Volcano” Alcano (2006), and Bustamante.
"I'm very, very happy now because it's been a long time," Biado said in an interview posted on the Facebook page of the the World Pool-Billiard Association.
The Qatar victory capped arguably the best year in the 34-year-old billiards player's career.
He took the title in the 9-ball event at the World Games in Poland in July, his first time to participate in the competition.
A month later in Kuala Lumpur, he secured the gold medal in the same event in the Southeast Asian Games.
In Doha, Biado downed Wu Kun Lin of Taiwan in the semifinals to advance, while Garcia beat Klenti Kaci of Albania in his bracket to book a finals seat.
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