INTRODUCTION This year's world championships in three-cushion billiards were held in Tokyo, Japan, with the final day's play taking place on Sunday (10 April).
INTRODUCTION This year's world championships in three-cushion billiards were held in Tokyo, Japan, with the final day's play taking place on Sunday (10 April). Competitors from nine countries took part in the event, which was organised by the Nippon Billiard Association and produced some exciting competition.
SYNOPSIS: The championships were held at the Seibu Sports Plaza building in Tokyo and the last match brought defending champion Raymond Ceulemans of Belgium and Junichi Komori of Japan together. Both are seasoned and successful players, with Ceulemans having won the world title on 13 previous occasions.
Komori is Japan's number one player, having won the Nippon Billiard Association national championships twice, been placed second twice, and having also taken third place in the world championships last year. But against a giant like Ceulemans his chances of winning were not rated very highly.
But even giants have their weaker moments and for a time during the middle period of their match Komori was ahead, leading by 30 points to Ceulemans' 20. But his glory was short-lived, the Belgian found his world-beating form again and soon scored enough points to put him in a virtually unassailable position. But Komori was fighting all the way -- encouraged by a partisan home crowd.
Victory for Ceulemans -- his 14th World Championship. Three-cushion billiards is an American version of the game which does not use the pockets associated with European billiards. There are other variations too -- one cushion billiards for example, at which Raymond Ceulemans also excels. His win against Komori gave him first place in the championships, but Komori only came fourth overall. Second place went to Japan's Nobuaki Kobayashi, with another Japanese, Yoshio Yoshihara third.