BIADO STRIKES GOLD IN WORLD GAMES

Cue master Carlo Biado pocketed the gold medal in 9-ball men’s pool finals Saturday, beating GBR Jayson Shaw, 11-7, in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

Biado’s victory gave the PHL its first ever gold in the World Games, a world competition of non-Olympic sports held every four years.

Dennis Orcollo gave the PHL its lone medal in the world games by winning the bronze in the 9-ball pool in 2014 in Cali, Columbia.

Biado earlier defeated Oi Naoyuki of Japan, 11-7, in the first semifinals to face Shaw, who won over Taipei’s Ko Pin Yi in the other semis, 11-6, to advance to the finals.

Unfortunately, Chezka Centeno lost her playoff for bronze to China’s Han Yu, 9-3, in women’s pool. Centeno was defeated in the semifinals by China’s Chen Siming, 6-9.

Biado and Centeno are part of the eight players from Asia—composed of four men players from Taipei, China and Japan and four women from Taipei, Korea and Japan—who qualified to compete in the world games because of their world rankings.

The two Filipino cue artists will spearhead the 11-man billiard sports team in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month.

Biado and Centeno will defend their golds in the 9-ball pool.