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Spaniard wins world billiards crown
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ThinkSpain , Tuesday, September 7, 2004

The past ten days on Egypt's Red Sea coast of Hurghada have been extremely busy for this resort, which is fast becoming one of the world´s foremost billiards centres. The last event, the World Cup, held in an open-air arena on the island of Magawish, was won by catalan David Sánchez.

"I don't know what to say but that I'm really happy" said Sanchez upon being crowned the new world Billiards 3 cushion champion. "There have been many World Cup tournaments, but not like this one. It was a spectacular event and I am glad to win today." Sanchez received his award from Egypt's new Youth Minister Anas El-Fiqi, attending his first official tournament in his new post.

The final, played in the spectacular pyramid glass court on the island of Magawish was a thrilling one. The sixth seed Sanchez was meeting the world's number 25; Turkey´s Koklou. Both players reached the final after beating top ranked world players such as the former world champion Swedish Torbjorn Blondahl, Turkey's Samih Sayginer, Belgium's Frederic Caudron and Italy's Marco Zanetti.

However, it wasn't an easy victory for Sanchez; Koklou, playing in his first World Cup final, showed great determination. Sixth seed Sanchez snatched the first two games, but Koklou fought back to take the third. However, the more experienced Spaniard ended his opponent's hopes by clinching the fourth game to win the match and claim the title.

 
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