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Carlo Biado Crowned First Filipino Men's 10-Ball World Champion

Filipino billiard sensation Carlo Biado cemented his legacy by conquering the 2024 Predator WPA Men's World 10-Ball Championship in Las Vegas. The 40-year-old secured the coveted title at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino, defeating Japan's Naoyuki Oi in a thrilling five-set battle (4-1, 3-4, 4-2, 4-1).


This momentous victory marks Biado's first reign in the prestigious $250,000 tournament, etching his name as the first Filipino male champion. The triumph adds another glittering trophy to his already impressive collection, which includes the 2022 WPA World Mixed Teams 10-Ball Championship crown (shared with Johann Chua and Rubilen Amit), the 2021 US Open 9-Ball title, and the 2017 WPA World 9-Ball Championship.


Biado's journey to the top wasn't without its challenges. He previously came close to claiming this very title in 2015, only to fall short against Ko Pin-yi of Chinese Taipei in the finals. However, this year painted a different picture. Biado displayed remarkable composure throughout the competition, seizing crucial moments and executing strategic moves with precision.


His path to victory involved a series of impressive wins. Biado first toppled his 2015 nemesis, Ko Pin-yi, in a tightly contested quarter-final match (4-1, 0-4, 4-1, 3-4, 4-1). He then went on to outmaneuver Russian-born American Fedor Gorst, the previous year's semifinalist, in a close 4-2 victory (1-4, 4-3, 4-2, 4-2). This triumph secured Biado's place in the coveted final round.


Biado's championship run began with a series of dominant victories in the early stages. He successfully dispatched Australian Justin Sajich, former world champion American Shane Van Boening, and Taiwanese Lin Wu Kun, paving the way for his entry into the knockout stage. With this latest achievement, Biado continues to reign supreme in the world of billiards, solidifying his position as a true Filipino sporting icon.

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