The 2012 World 9 Ball Champion is Darren Appleton

30 06 2012

Doha, QatarAfter 7 long days of competition, the 2012 World 9-Ball Champion is finally crowned. The winner of the 2012 World 9-Ball Championship is none other than Darren Appleton of Great Britain. He beat China’s Lee He Wen in the finals with the slimmest of margins, 13-12.  He was actually cruising early in the match as he took a 11-3 lead against the Chinese finalist but Lee had furious rally only to denied in the 25th and final rack. The  victory meant the Appleton will crowned as world champion and going home with $40,000. Lee was awarded $20,ooo for his fine effort in the tournament. Lee was the first ever Chinese finalist in the World 9 Ball Championship history. Congratulations to the winners, participants, and the organizers!  We look forward to another exciting tournament in 2013.

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AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships 2012: Josie Gabuco wins gold

20 05 2012

Josie Gabuco earned the Philippine‘s first ever gold medal in the history of AIBA Women’s Boxing World Championships. Gabuco beat hometown bet Xu Shiqi for the light-flyweight gold medal, 10-9.  While her victory did not give her an olympic slot, it was nevertheless a good news for Philippine boxing specially amateur boxing. With only one boxer going to London, the well-funded Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP) are looking for new heroes to show that the country is still relevant in the olympic sport which we used to dominate in the Asian level. Gabuco is no stranger in giving the country honor as she is a back to back Southeast Asian games gold medal winner and a bronze medallist in the 2008 women’s boxing world championships.

Here are the other results of the final matches:

Light-Flyweight:

 XU Shiqi                 9

 GABUCO Josie    10

Flyweight:

 REN Cancan        14

 ADAMS Nicola    10 

Bantamweight:

 GORDINI Terry                      10

 KULESHOVA Aleksandra    16

Featherweight:

 BROWN Tiara    24

 KRUK Sandra    21

Lightweight:

 TAYLOR Katie       11

 OCHIGAVA Sofya    7

Lightwelterweight:

 STELMACH Magdalena    5

 PAK Kyong                      10

Welterweight:

 ADULINA Mariia    14

 MILLER Raquel       8

Middleweight:

 VYSTROPOVA Elena       15

 MARSHALL Savannah    17

Light-Heavyweight:

 YUAN Meiqing          18

 CREWS Franchon    11

Heavyweight:

 LI Yunfei                             21

 MAMATKULOVA Yulduz    13

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World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship: Justin Rose rallies to win by 1 stroke

12 03 2012

Rose wins by 1 stroke (pic from golf365.com)

Miami, FloridaJustin Rose survived a gallant rally by World No.1 Rory McIlroy to claim the WGC-Cadillac Championship trophy as 3rd round leader Bubba Watson collapsed with a 74.  The other big news was the withdrawal of Tiger Woods due to soreness in the left Achilles tendon.

Rose was just 2 under par for the day but it was enough to win as Watson had 4 bogeys in the front nine to fall behind after holding a 3 shot lead after 54 holes. Rory Mcilroy had a 67 in the day. He eagled the 12th hole but bogeyed the 14th and 18th holes to miss a chance to salvage a playoff or a better placing.

Filipino Juvic Pagunsan and K.J. Choi finished at 4 under par in the tournament to become the best placed Asians. They finished 35th overall and earned $60,600. Pagunsan could have a better finish as he was -4 for the day after the first 9 holes. He double bogeyed the 13th and 18th holes to finish with a par 72 for the day.

Final Leaderboard:

1. Rose (-16)
2. Watson (-15)
3. McIlroy (-14)
T-4. Schwartzel (-13)
T-4. Hanson (-13)
T-6. Sendon (-12)
T-6. Donald (-12)