Monday 8th November
DYNAMIC BILLIARD EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021
Venezia Palace Hotel, Antalya, Turkey
8 BALL DIVISION
GOLDS FOR AUSTRIA, NORTHERN CYPRUS, POLAND & SWEDEN
INTO DAY EIGHT of the 2021 Dynamic Billiards European Championships in
Antalya, Turkey and the destination of four gold medals was determined
in an intensive evening’s 8 ball play at the Venezia Palace Hotel. Mario
He seized the gold in the men’s, Oliwia Zalewska took the women’s,
Henrik Larsson the Wheelchair division while Mustafa Alnar won another
junior gold for Northern Cyprus, this time in the Men’s U23 event.
In the 98 player Men’s division, 28 years old Mario He blocked Fedor
Gorst’s path to his third gold medal of the championship in a
high-quality final which the Austrian prevailed 8-5. There wasn’t much
to separate them in terms of play except a couple of dry breaks from
Gorst in the critical stages of the match.
He had led through the opening stages before Gorst levelled it at 4-4
and then ran from the break for a 5-4 lead. However, that was to be his
last score-worthy contribution to the game as a couple of unproductive
break shots from the Russian gave He all the opportunity he needed to
close the match out.
It was He’s second 8 ball gold medal, the first coming in 2012 in
Luxembourg but he had to dig deep to prevail following an arduous
schedule of late.
He said, “The first gold was better as I was 18 and it was the biggest
tournament that I’d ever won but still this year I played really good. I
had three hill-hill matches which I just escaped on the good side to win
“It was a really long day and a really tough day and I had some tough
opponents. I was playing good, got some rolls and everything was perfect
and I’m now looking forward.
“I’ve been in the US for two months so had big jet lag but I had so many
tournaments there, it was tough to stay motivated. The two days off were
good at the start of this championships and I played OK in the 10 ball
but I just felt a bit burned out. In the 8 ball though I played well and
everything went my way. I’m really happy to have won this gold medal,”
Medals – Men
Gold – Mario He (AUT)
Silver – Fedor Gorst (RUS)
Bronze – Joshua Filler (GER)
Roberto Bartol (SRB)
In the ladies’ division, Poland’s Oliwia Zalewska won her second
individual gold medal to add to her straight pool gold from the 2013
event in Slovenia. She defeated Belarussian Margarita Fefilova 6-2 in
the championship match.
It was another championship win for the talented Pole following her
victory in the same venue ten days earlier in the Predator Antalya Open
on the Ladies Euro Tour.
The Polish lady went undefeated through the championship, winning two
critical hill-hill matches against eventual semi-finalist Nina Torvund
and then her semi-final win over Spain’s straight pool silver medallist
Runner-up Margaret Fefilova was bounced to the one-loss side at the
hands of Kristina Tkach but rallied well, taking down Monika Zabek, Ana
Gradisnik and 10 ball champion Eylull Kibaroglu en route to the
semi-finals where she beat Nina Torvund.
Oliwia said, “Actually winning the Euro Tour event gave me wings and I
believed in myself more but this is the second story. I felt so tired
after a lot of matches in the Euro Tour that I couldn’t find myself in
the opening matches but finally the 8 ball came in for me and I found my
“I’ve been preparing for these for so many years and the switch between
9 ball and 8 ball is not so much. I’m feeling totally delighted about
the gold medal on the Euro Tour and the gold medal today but it’s still
not the end and I’m really looking forward to the 9 ball!”
Those two wins in Antalya will make Zalewska a formidable force when the
9 ball championship commences on Tuesday morning.
Medals – Ladies
Gold – Oliwia Zalewska (POL)
Silver – Margareta Fefilova (BLR)
Bronze – Amalia Matas (ESP)
Nina Torvund (NOR)
IN the Wheelchair division, it was two golds out of two for Sweden’s
Henrik Larsson as he came back from a seemingly impossible position to
take his fourth 8 ball gold medal and set himself on course for a clean
sweep with the 9 ball yet to come.
His opponent was record-breaking Finnish shooter Jouni Tahti who found
himself 4-0 up in the race-to-five final. With alternate break he had
every chance to close the match out but giving up opportunities, Larsson
slowly clawed his way back into the match before taking the decider for
an extraordinary victory.
Commented Larsson, “Winning all three; it’s only been done by Jouni
before so that would be fantastic to be part of that crew.
“It was crazy. He totally had the game in his hands with a 4-0 lead and
then he started to give me chances and I took them and all of a sudden,
we were hill hill. The only thing harder than pool is dying and I think
he had to experience a little bit of that today!” he added.
Medals – Wheelchair
Gold – Henrik Larsson (SWE)
Silver – Jouni Tahti (FIN)
Bronze – Danny Luton (GBR)
Matej Brajkovic (SLO)
Finally, in the Men’s Under 23 division it was Turkish Cypriot Mustafa
Alnar who took the gold medal to add to the ones he has already won in
previous Under 17 and Under19 age categories. He defeated Germany’s Luca
Menn 8-2 in the final.
With 20 runners, the standard was high with bronze medallist Aleksa
Pecelj a runner at the previous Euro Tour event ten days ago. It’s fair
to say that Alnar looks to be a major prospect for senior honours in the
He was naturally delighted with the win; “A big thanks to everyone! I’m
really so happy for this is, my first Under23 title. Next up is the 9
ball tomorrow so be prepared as I’m coming for you!”
Medals – Men’s U23
Gold – Mustafa Alnar (NCYP)
Silver – Luca Menn (GER)
Bronze – Aleksa Pecelj (SRB)
Ibrahim Vatansever (TUR)
All the matches can be viewed live at www.kozoom.com
Results, live scoring and draw are available at www.epbf.com
Luke Riches on behalf of the EPBF.