The first Gold Medals have been awarded at this year’s Dynamic Billard European Championships and team Austria had a dream start in any aspect. Both Gold Medals were taken by the Ouschans, Jasmin in the women’s and Albin in the men’s division.
Jasmin Ouschan had a tough draw today. In the quarterfinals, she dealt with Anna Mazhirina (RUS) quite clearly with 75:21. Then in the semifinal, she encountered Caroline Roos (SWE). That match started off well for Ouschan. She needed 7 innings in order to finish Roos’ dreams of a final appearance in straight pool this year. 75:32 was the final result for Ouschan. In the final, she met Oliwia Czuprynska (POL) who had beaten Line Kjoersvik (NOR) 75:61 in her semifinal match. However, the final between Ouschan and Czuprynska turned out to become a nightmare for the Polish. She was allowed to the table three times only and never really got a chance to pocket balls. All she could do was score 2 points and watch Jasmin Ouschan pocket ball after ball in order to snatch the title of the 2016 European Straight Pool Champion.
Top Eight Ranking Women’s Straight Pool
- Jasmin Ouschan (AUT)
- Oliwia Czuprynska (POL)
- Line Kjoersvik (NOR)
Caroline Roos (SWE)
- Anna Mazhirina (RUS)
Marika Poikkijoki (FIN)
Tamara Peeters-Rademakers (NED)
Kamila Khodjaeva (BEL)
At the same time, Jasmin’s brother Albin Ouschan (AUT) played on table 1 next to her. He made history tonight. He was even more dominant than his sister in the final match. He won the lag with Konstantin Stepanov (RUS) and forced him to execute the break shot. Stepanov did that and left a possible but tough shot for Ouschan. „It was a do or die situation“, stated Ouschan after the match. „I knew when I went for the shot I’d either make it and get ahead quite well or I might give a chance to Konstantin which I would regret.“ Ouschan pocketed the ball and ran another 124 after that, winning the straight pool discipline in the final match in one (1!) inning. That, together with the fact that a pair of brother and sister took the title almost simultaneously, writes a big story in the history of European Pool Billiards.
Albin Ouschan defeated defending Champion Nick van den Berg (NED) in the semifinal with 125:66.
Top Eight Ranking Men’s Straight Pool
- Albin Ouschan (AUT)
- Konstantin Stepanov (RUS)
- Nick van den Berg (NED)
Mateusz Sniegocki (POL)
- Tomasz Kaplan (POL)
Ronald Regli (SUI)
Serge Das (BEL)
David Alcaide (ESP)
The Dynamic Billard European Championships will continue tomorrow morning at 09:00 local time with first round matches in the 10-ball discipline, men, women and wheelchair division.
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