HANOI — Rubilen Amit staved off a mini rally by Singaporean rival Jessica Tan to handily win, 7-2, the women’s 9-ball gold medal on Tuesday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games
The Filipino former world champion quickly took a 3-0 in their final prompting Tan to call a timeout.
When play resumed the 40-year-old Amit encountered a rough fourth rack where she scratched twice, allowing the Singaporean to take the next two racks.
But there’s no stopping Amit as she displayed composure worthy of an eight-time SEA Games champion.
She next pounced on a missed corner 1-ball and rode on that momentum to claim her third 9-ball title in the biennial meet.
It was the country’s first gold medal in billiards and snookers with a few more expected including Jeffrey Roda in the final of the snookers singles late Tuesday.
The Filipinos are also guaranteed of a gold in the men’s 9-ball after Carlo Biado and Johann Chua both made the final.
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