Vietnamese top cueist seeks glory at Games

Thursday, 2010-11-04 11:04:00
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Nhan Dan - Having won a silver medal at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar in 2006, world No.21 Duong Anh Vu is the best hope for the Vietnam national billiards and snooker team at the up-coming ASIAD in Guangzhou, China this year.


At the 15th ASIAD four years ago, Duong Anh Vu snatched the silver in the three-cushion carom event after three victories over Reynaldo from the Philippines, Balachandran from Indonesia, and Kim Kyung Roul from the Republic of Korea. In the final, he was defeated by world No.18 Ryuuji Umeda from Japan to finish second.

At the 2nd Asian Indoor Games (AIG) in 2007, he won Vietnam’s first gold medal in the one-cushion carom event and, two years later at the third AIG, decided to enter the three-cushion carom and took the silver.

At this year's ASIAD, Vu, seeded number two in the three-cushion carom after Japanese Ryuuji Umeda, will have to win four matches to take the title. He will start his bid for glory against Abdulmajeed Bashar Hussain of Qatar in the first round, however, his first real obstacle could be world No.4 Kim Kyung Roul of the Republic of Korea in the semi-finals. The two players have met each other four times and are tied 2-2.

Anh Vu has just won the national championship this September after defeating seasoned player Ly The Vinh 3-0. He was also invited to join several prestigious international tournaments in 2010 which helped him gain a lot of experience before heading to China for the 16th ASIAD. Vietnam's top cueist Duong Anh Vu is expected to snatch a gold for Vietnam at the biggest sporting event in Asia if he is on his best form.