Tran Quyet Chien becomes first Vietnamese winner at World Cup Billiards tournament

16:20 | 28/05/2018 Sports

Vietnamese cueist Tran Quyet Chien beat his fellow countryman Ngo Dinh Nai with a score of 40-39 to win the champion at the Three-Cushion Carom Billiards World Cup, which concluded in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27.

Quyet Chien became the first Vietnamese cueist to ever win the top prize at the Billiards World Cup - Photo: NDO

Tran Quyet Chien, who is now ranked 18th in the world, became the first Vietnamese cueist to ever win the top prize at the Billiards World Cup.

In the semi-finals, Ngo Dinh Nai ousted his countryman Nguyen Quoc Nguyen 40-17 in 19 innings, while Tran Quyet Chien defeated the world's No.1 Caudron Frederic from Belgium with a score of 40-39 after 26 cues.

Ngo Dinh Nai, who is currently ranked 30th in the world, and Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, who is ranked 15th in the world, secured the second and third places respectively, Nguyen Quoc Nguyen and Caudron Frederic jointly shared third place.

Finishing as champion brought Tran Quyet Chien a EUR16,000 cash prize, while the second prize helped Ngo Dinh Nai to earn EUR10,000.

Nai was also presented with EUR2,500 for the title of highest scoring cueist in the tournament and EUR2,000 for the title of highest scoring cueist in a match.

Quyet Chien was born in 1983 in the southern province of Ca Mau. He secured the silver medal at the Three-Cushion Carom Billiards at the Guri World Cup in the Republic of Korea in 2016.

After claiming the championship in Ho Chi Minh City on May 27, Quyet Chien has climbed to 10th place in the world rankings and is the number one cueist in Vietnam.

Theo NDO