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Wu Chia Ching clinches thrilling victory

In an awesome display of skill, confidence and sheer genius, Wu Chia Ching from Chinese Taipei has achieved the unthinkable by winning both the 8 and 9 Ball Pool World Championships in the same year.

Staff Report
00:00 November 16, 2005

In an awesome display of skill, confidence and sheer genius, Wu Chia Ching from Chinese Taipei has achieved the unthinkable by winning both the 8 and 9 Ball Pool World Championships in the same year.

Wu completed a fairytale year by beating Dutchman Nick van den Berg 11-5 in the final of the Damas World 8 Ball Pool Championship in Fujairah on Monday night.

The baby-faced Wu completely outplayed his more senior rival to continue what has been an amazing tournament for the youngster.

Nicknamed 'Taishan Whiz-Kid", Wu has been calm throughout the six-day event, brushing aside his more experienced opponents with ease to glide his way into the final.

Ian Anderson, President of the World Pool and Billiard Association, could only applaud the sport's most prized up and coming talent. "It's just amazing that a 16-year-old can win one world championship, let alone two in the same year," Anderson said. "He is certainly a very special player and he has been an absolute delight to watch in action."

Wu's history making achievement, which makes him the world's youngest ever 9-Ball champion, was the completion of an event which attracted the best players.

Anderson was delighted with the tournament which is only in its second year running in Fujairah. "The players, the officials, everyone has had a brilliant time here. Everyone is already looking forward to next year's event which is a great indication of how much people enjoyed themselves," Anderson said.

Result final Wu Chia Ching (TPE) 11:5 Nick Van Den Berg (NED)