Thursday, November 13, 2008

Un-Nooh and Evans on top in the IBSF Snooker World Championship

Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Reanne Evans from England won gold medals at the 2008 IBSF World Snooker Championships.

Un-Nooh beat Ireland's Colm Gilcreest 11-7 in the men's final while Evans bested former champ Wendy Jans (Belgium) 5-3.

Soheil Vahedi (Iran) and Xiao Guodong (China) finished joint third in the men's event. Emma Bonney (England) and Ching Ching Yu (Hong Kong) reached the same positions among the ladies.

This was Un-Nooh's first world title. Evans has won twice before, in 2004 and 2007. She is also a four-time defending champion of the World Ladies Snooker Championship, organized by the World Ladies Snooker & Billiards Association.

The victory means Un-Nooh is set to be nominated for a place on the Main Tour in the 2008/2009 season.

Former pro Dene O'Kane (New Zealand) won the Masters (Over 40s). He beat India's former billiards world champ Geet Sethi 5-1 in the final. The defending champion Darren Morgan from Wales played in the men's event this year, where he was knocked out in the last 16.

All the three champs also secured the highest break in their respective divisions. Un-Nooh had a 143, Evans made a 80 O'Kane managed a 109.

The event was held 27 October - 8 November 2008 in Wels, Austria. Next year the championship will be contested in Hyderabad, India.

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