15:48 | 13/11/2017 Sports
Mã Minh Cẩm of Vietnam secured a bronze medal at the Three Cushion World Championship, which ended in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Sunday.
|Mã Minh Cẩm of Vietnam (2nd, right) poses with his bronze and other medallists at the Three Cushion World Championship, which ended in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on Sunday. — Photo kozoom.com|
Cẩm, who was the first ever Vietnamese to participate in the world tournament’s last four rounds, lost to Eddy Merckx of Belgium in the shootout after a draw of 40-40 in their official innings.
The match saw an up-and-down score for both rivals. Cẩm, world’s No 23, sprinted away from the start, made 11 in his third inning and went into the break 21-4 ahead.
But after the stop, Merckx, No 11, came back. He started with three runs of six in a row, forcing Cẩm stably on his chair, and the Vietnamese lost control over the game.
Merckx continued with his peak performance and closed to take the win to 39-31.
Cẩm, however, came with a revival. He scored eight points in a row to level at 39-39, before missing out on the last point. Merckx finished with one point, and Cẩm forced the two sides into a draw with another point.
The shootout was also as tense as the official game. It was a battle of the nerves.
Both of them started the penalty with two and missed their third. It was 2-2 for the first shootout.
In the second, Merckx ran three points in a row, while Cẩm could make the break shot but missed the next one. The Belgian took the overall win after a 3-1 shootout win.
Merckx, however, failed to lift the trophy for the third time after losing 16-40 in nine innings to Frederic Caudron in an all-Belgian final later in the day.
It was Caudron’s third world title after his two golds in Bogota in 1999 and Antwerp in 2013.