Saturday, October 25, 2008

Zanetti wins second Three Cushion World Championship

Marco Zanetti from Italy captured the 2008 World Three Cushion Championship.

In a very close final against Torbjörn Blomdahl from Sweden he won 3-2, with the set scores 14-15, 15-8, 15-11, 14-15 and 15-13.

Relative unknowns Jeremy Bury (France) and Peter de Backer (Belgium) shared third place. They were 16th and 14th respectively in the world rankings coming into this event.

Zanetti took away €4,800 for the victory. Blomdahl received €3,200.

Kouji Funaki (Japan) had the highest average in the tournament, with 1.891. Two-time world champion Daniel Sanchez from Spain had the highest single match average with 2.409. World No.1 Dick Jaspers (Netherlands) had the highest run with 14.

This was Zanetti's second world title. He also won in 2002. In addition he was runner-up in 2001 to the great Raymond Ceulemans (Belgium).

Blomdahl was aiming for his sixth world title from 11 finals.

Defending champion Ryuuji Umeda (Japan) was knocked out in the group phase by Sweden's Mikael Nilsson, and finished in 26th place.

The win takes Zanetti from 11th to fifth in the World Players Ranking. Blomdahl advances one place from third to second. Jaspers only finished 14th in this event but is still the leader. Frédéric Caudron (Belgium) falls from second to third.

The championship was held at the Saalbau St. Wendel, in St. Wendel, Germany between 14th and 19th October.

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