Billiards future looks golden for table-topping China
The People’s Republic of China sat atop the medal table with eight in total and five golds as Billiard Sports came to an end at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
The Chinese team’s future looks assured with those who visited the podium boasting an average age of just 22.
Among China's medal haul were two in team events: gold the men’s 9-Ball Pool Scotch Doubles and bronze in the men’s Snooker Team.
Second in the table were hosts Turkmenistan with seven medals, all in the three Russian Pyramid events including golds for Ibabekir Bekdurdyyew and Annamamed Annamamedow in the Free Style and Dynamic Style Singles respectively.
Iran, Thailand and Chinese Taipei were joint third with five medals apiece – all comprising one gold and two silver and two bronze medals.
For Iran there was a breakthrough as they claimed their first ever gold in Billiard Sports at an Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games when they beat Qatar to take the men’s Snooker Team title.
Among those who stood out for China was YAN Bingtao. The 17-year-old won gold in the men’s 6-Red Snooker Singles.
“Part of the character of the Chinese is if they want to do something they will pay the most stress to do it,” Yan said.
“Even the young boys and young girls when they like snooker and pool they give all their time to do it, so they can achieve the most.”
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