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WORLDPOOL World Championships 2016

FIELD OF DREAMS

SHAUN IS NEW WORLD CHAMPION

Norwich postman Shaun Chipperfield cut. But I tried a third time and fortunately
gained a global stamp of approval in got through.”
Blackpool by becoming men’s singles
champion at the Hotel Collection WEPF For Sutton, it was heartbreak after missing
World 8-Ball Pool Championships. out on a piece of 8-Ball Pool history, trying
Chipperfield delivered almost the perfect to become just the second player and
performance to beat Suffolk rival and great the first since Jason Twist in 2000, to hold
pal, Karl Sutton 11-4. European and World titles at the same
time.
In one of the fastest finals in the 24-year And having defeated defending champion,
history of the event, he raced round the Mick Hill, in the quarter-finals and 2009
table in trademark fashion to claim a champion, Phil Harrison, in the semi-finals,
£6,000 first prize in little over an hour’s he failed to reach the same heights.
playing time.
“Me and Shaun are good friends and
Chipperfield’s performance was watched spend a lot of time together,” said the
by proud mum and dad, Kevin and Lowestoft based England international
Annette, whose long journey from Norfolk after collecting his consolation prize of
to the Imperial Hotel certainly proved £2,500.
worthwhile.
“World champion? It doesn’t sound quite “But I tried to treat it like any other game.
right,” said unseeded Chipperfield who Unfortunately, a couple of frames got away
won a total of nine games at the main and instead of looking at 4-all I was 6-2
venue. down.
“Shaun is a great front runner anyway and
“When people started to take notice of at this stage he was full of confidence.
what I was doing, I thought I might be in
with a chance. “Had I been able to put him under any
pressure it might have been a different
“However, it won’t sink in for a while but story. So, it’s tough to take because this is
there are some great names of pool on this the one we all want to win.”
trophy and I am proud mine will be on Chipperfield becomes the 16th men’s
there as well now. singles winner since the first World
“But I have to pinch myself because I went Championship in Manchester in 1993. Hill
into a couple of qualifying tournaments and Gareth Potts are the only players to
just to get here and didn’t make the have won three world titles.

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