CARLO Biado relinquished his men’s 9-ball crown yesterday (Saturday in the USA) after losing an 8-11 decision in the 11th World Games to familiar German hangman Joshua Filler at the Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom in Birmingham, In Alabama.
With the match tied at 6, Biado scratched a 2-9 combination, allowing Filler to win the rack and advance to the final of the event which is part of the quadrennial non-Olympic sports meet.
Filler, who beat Biado 13-10 in the final of the 2018 World 9-Ball Tournament in Doha, Qatar, will face Bosnian Sanjin Pehlinavovic, winner 11-7 over Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp in the other semi-final, in the battle for gold. medal.
Defending U.S. pool champion and Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in Vietnam, Biado will face Yapp for the bronze medal on Sunday.
Biado’s compatriot, two-time Vietnam SEA Games gold medalist Rubilen Amit, lost earlier last Saturday (Friday in Manila) in the quarter-finals 8-9 to Germany’s Veronika Ivanovskaia.
In the men’s duathlon, Vietnam SEA Games men’s triathlon champion Fernando Caseres recorded a time of one hour, 53 minutes and 57 seconds to finish 14th overall in the race won by Frenchman Maxime Hueber Moosbrugger, who won the gold medal in 1:47:57 at Railroad Park. in downtown Birmingham.
Kim Mangrobang, who won gold medals in the women’s triathlon and duathlon at the Vietnam Games, had a traumatic experience on her World Games debut after she was disqualified along with 11 others in the women’s duathlon.