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Champions Crowned at WPA World Junior & Wheelchair Championships

Posted on by Alison Fischer

The 2012 WPA World Junior & Wheelchair 9-Ball Championships came to a close on December 7, 2012, as new champions were crowned in Willingen, Germany. Billiard Education Foundation director Samm Vidal-Claramunt has the details on the final rounds of this year’s World Championships, read on for her story…

Champions Crowned at WPA World Junior & Wheelchair Championships

December 7, 2012 (Englewood, CO): Cheng-Chieh Liu of Taiwan, Kamila Khodjaeva of Belgium, and Henrik Larsson of Sweden secure gold medals at the 21st Annual WPA Junior & Wheelchair 9-Ball Championships in Willingen, Germany.

In the junior boys division, Liu went undefeated to take top honors among the strong field of 32 players. In the girls division, Khodjaeva defeated reigning champion, Czuprynska, in the finals with a convincing score of 7-0. Meanwhile, Larsson received his sixth medal, and fourth gold medal, in the wheelchair division.

2012 WPA World Junior & Wheelchair Finalists

Photo by Markus Hofstätter – www.poolaroids.com

Over 30 countries were represented at this prestigious event and the Billiard Education Foundation coordinated international travel for the nine North American junior representatives: Brendan Crockett (USA), Chad Behnke (USA), Brady Behrman (USA), Manny Perez (USA), Brianna Miller (USA), April Larson (USA), Charles Guimont (CAN), Cody Ward (CAN), and Kayla Roloson (CAN).

Miller and Behnke both continued to day three of competition, finishing just one spot away from achieving a medal. The BEF congratulates our young North American players for their hard work and dedication. These junior players achieved their chance to compete in this world event through the junior state and national championships. 2013 marks the 25th Annual Junior National 9-ball Championships. Summer dates and location will be announced soon.

Boys Results:

Cheng-Chieh Liu, Chinese Taipei – Gold Medal

Tobias Bongers, Germany – Silver Medal

Moritz Lauwereyns, Belgium – Bronze Medal

Berk Mehmetcik, North Cyprus – Bronze Medal

Girls Results:

Kamila Khodjaeva, Belgium – Gold Medal

Oliwia Czuprynska, Poland – Silver Medal

Karen Garcia, Nicaragua – Bronze Medal

Szu-Ting Kuo, Chinese Taipei – Bronze Medal

Wheelchair Results:

Henrik Larsson, Sweden – Gold Medal

Jouni Tahti, Finland – Silver Medal

Fred Dinsmore, Ireland – Bronze Medal

Roy Kimberley, Great Britain – Bronze Medal

The WPA provided online brackets, live scoring, and complete event information at www.wpapoolonline.com. Live was made available by www.kozoom.com. The online photo galleries are courtesy of Markus Hofstaetter: http://blog.markus-hofstaetter.at/.

The Billiard Education Foundation (BEF) was formed in 1993 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity committed to promoting a lifelong love of pool and building the next generation of players through youth programs and academic scholarships. Visit billiardeducation.org or call (303) 926-1039 to learn more about junior billiard programs in your area.

About Alison Fischer

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