Russia & Poland take the first gold medals in Italy

Russia & Poland start the Dynamic Billard European championships with gold medals in the Straight Pool discipline which came to an end tonight in Treviso Italy. Kristina Tkach was the star of the Russian team here in Treviso, making up for last year’s disappointment of silver with an emphatic win over Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED) in the final. After the 2018 title holder Austria’s Jasmin Ouschan went out earlier today, it was a great chance for Kristina to claim her second women’s straight pool gold in the last three years.

A comfortable victory over Belarusian Marharyta Fefilava in the semi-final meant Kristina was one more win away from that coveted trophy. Standing in her way was the Dutch lady who had come through a tight semi-final match with Jasmin’s earlier conqueror, Claudia von Rorh from Switzerland. That tight and tense semi-final seemed to have taken the energy out of Tamara and so it was Kristina, with the skill & determination to see it through and claim the gold medal winning the final 75-23.

In the men’s division, Austria’s Mario He spoiled the Polish medal whitewash. Being the only non-Polish in the Semi’s, he was on a mission to really spoil the party but Karol Skowerski, the elder-statesman in the Polish team, made sure it would be an all Polish final with a superb display shutting out Mario 125-32. Tomasz Kaplan continued his great shooting and his amazing record at the same time. Tomasz has now been in the medals in this discipline six times in the last nine years and he made sure it was going to be brighter than the bronze by beating fellow countryman, Mariusz Skoneczny 125-69 in the other semi-final.

Tomasz last won this discipline in 2011 and Karol was still looking for his first individual gold medal of his career. Tomasz looked to be in control after some early exchanges but a mistake after he had made only 23 points saw Karol come back to the table. With the score at 3-23 Karol made a hard fought 106 but drew too much on his next shot forcing him to go airborne with his jump stick. Tomasz was again back at the table, but he missed a crucial break shot to allow Karol to close out the match and take the gold medal winning 125-45 and claim his first European individual title.

The 10-ball starts on Monday morning and the draw and results can be found at www.epbf.com with all matches streamed live via our media partners, www.kozoom.com

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2019年歐洲撞球錦標賽第一個比賽項目 Straight Pool (14-1) 於台北時間凌晨在義大利的特雷維索 (Treviso) 落下帷幕。最終,波蘭及俄羅斯分別拿下首面金牌。在衛冕冠軍奧地利名將 Jasmin Ouschan 於八強賽慘遭淘汰提早出局的情況下,更為俄羅斯陣中明星選手 Kristina Tkach 增添奪冠希望。

Tkach 分別擊敗波蘭好手 Oliwia Czuprynska 與德國的 Vivien Schade, 緊接著在半決賽中以 75:16 輕取白俄羅斯選手 Marharyta Fefilava 挺進決賽。而她的決賽對手來自荷蘭的 Tamara Peeters-Rademakers 在半決賽遭遇到八強賽中淘汰奧地利名將 Jasmin Ouschan 的瑞士選手 Claudia von RorhPeeters-Rademakers 在這場勢均力敵的比賽中,最終以 75:50 擊敗對手。

半決賽似乎耗費了 Tamara 過多的精力,Kristina 憑藉著其優異的表現,決賽最終以75-23擊敗對手。這也是 Kristina 在過去三年歐錦賽Straight Pool (14-1) 項目所獲得的第二面金牌,更是一掃去年銀牌缺憾。

男子組方面,奧地利好手 Mario He 在八強賽中擊敗 Konrad Juszczyszyn 的同時也粉碎了半決賽全波蘭選手的期望,然而 Mario He 在半決賽中32-125不敵 Karol Skowerski ,也使得決賽將上演一場波蘭內戰。Tomasz Kaplan 繼續他火熱的手感,以125-69淘汰同胞選手 Mariusz Skoneczny 晉級冠軍戰。而自進入四強之列開始,也意味著將是他在過去九年中第六度在 Straight Pool (14-1) 項目摘下獎牌。

Tomasz 上次於此項目奪金在2011年,而 Karol 則仍尋求生涯首面金牌。雙方經開賽初期的你來我往,看似 Tomasz 已控制局面,不料在拿下23分後的一記失誤讓 Karol 回到球桌上。Karol 一口氣將比數帶到 106,然後他在下一球拉開過頭而迫使他跳球,這也讓 Tomasz 得到機會再次上桌。不料 Tomasz 未能把握住機會,這也讓 Karol 最終以125-45 摘下個人歐錦賽首面金牌。

Alison