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Norwich postman Shaun Chipperfield gained a global stamp of approval in Blackpool tonight by becoming men’s singles champion at the Hotel Collection WEPF World 8-Ball Pool Championships.

Chipperfield, 28, delivered almost the perfect performance to beat Suffolk rival and great pal, Karl Sutton 11-4.

In one of the fastest finals in the 24-year history of the event, he raced round the table in trademark fashion to claim a £6,000 first prize in little over an hour’s playing time.

Chipperfield’s performance was watched by proud mum and dad, Annette and Kevin, whose long journey from Norfolk to the Imperial Hotel certainly proved worthwhile.

“World champion? It doesn’t sound quite right,” smiled unseeded Chipperfield who won a total of nine games at the main venue.

“When people started to take notice of what I was doing, I thought I might be in with a chance.

“However, it won’t sink in for a while but there are some great names of pool on this trophy and I am proud mine will be on there as well now.

“But I have to pinch myself because I went into a couple of qualifying tournaments just to get here and didn’t make the cut. But I tried a third time and fortunately got through.”

And the celebrations were still start in earnest over the next few days during a mate’s stag do in Barcelona. “Fortunately, the cheque won’t have cashed in time,” he laughed.

For Sutton, also 28, it was heartbreak after missing out on a piece of 8-Ball Pool history, trying to become just the second player and the first since Jason Twist in 2000, to hold European and World titles at the same time.

And having defeated defending champion, Mick Hill, in the quarter-finals and 2009 champion, Phil Harrison, in the semi-finals, he failed to reach the same heights
“Me and Shaun are good friends and spend a lot of time together,” said the Lowestoft based England international after collecting his consolation prize of £2,500.

“But I tried to treat it like any other game. Unfortunately, a couple of frames got away and instead of looking at 4-all I was 6-2 down.

“Shaun is a great front runner anyway and at this stage he was full of confidence.

“Had I been able to put him under any pressure it might have been a different story. So, it’s tough to take because this is the one we all want to win.”

Chipperfield becomes the 16th men’s singles winner since the first World Championship in Manchester in 1993. Hill and Gareth Potts are the only players to have won three world titles.

Trevor Baxter - Press Officer
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