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Roland Forthomme with a perfect finish

Posted by on September 11, 2015

Roland Forthomme with a perfect finish

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Roland Forthomme after his win over Tolgahan Kiraz

GURI - His head was almost on the block on the first day at the World Cup in Guri: Roland Forthomme seemed to be down for the count when he faced a swansong at the end of his match against the Turk Tolgahan Kiraz. The sturdy Belgian had to score two points to equalize, got his teeth into it, but then was again far behind when Kiraz made a five to start the shootouts. But when he is under pressure in the big events, Roland Forthomme is often on his best. With the support of the Belgian fans, who watched the win of Frédéric Caudron in the earlier round and the loss of Eddy Leppens, Forthomme scored extremely cool the six caroms he needed to survive and gather some important ranking points.

The Belgian joined the eight winners in the first sessions of the knock out stage: Sung-Won Choi, the world champion, played the best match of the eight winners against Young-Hoon Lee 40-35 in eighteen, Torbjörn Blomdahl with the most innings against Korean Hae Myoung Jung: 40-33 in 25.

The tone has been set in the first rounds with Hyung Kon Kim, who sent Eddy Leppens home after his impressive start in the run-up (match 40 in 10 innings) and really not a bad start in the main: 40-36 in 20. The young Colombian Jose Juan Garcia did the same with Jean Paul de Bruijn, the Dutchman who was rewarded for his long trip to Korea with a short pain: 40-20 in 20 innings.

Torbjörn Blomdahl used his routine at the end of the match with Hae Myoung Jung, who did so well when he survived all preliminaries, but was trumped by the Swede on 33-32 by a fatal run of the master.

Frédéric Caudron had a flawless kick-off against Riad Nady (40-27 in 22), Quyet Chien Tran came from far behind to flat out to the finish when he beat Hyung Bum Hwang by a nine-run: 40-35 in 23. Therefor the Vietnamese is on track to have a shot at the top twelve ranking.

Tayfun Tasdemir ran away from Jung Han Heo by a 10-run halfway the match finished it off at 40-31 in 21. Sung-Won Choi showed that he did a good job to finally deal with his form crisis. These two, Sung-Won Choi and Tayfun Tasdemir (the winner of Vietnam) already meet each other in the next round.

Sung-Won Choi, the world champion

Jung Han Heo was beaten by Tayfun Tasdemir

The last two sessions today:

17.00 (Korean time, 10.00 CET)

Eddy Merckx-Javier Teran
Jae Ho Cho-Semih Sayginer
Dani Sánchez-Murat Naci Coklu
Dong Koong Kang-Jae Guen Kim

Marco Zanetti-Adnan Yüksel
Choong-Bok Lee-Quoc Nguyen Nguyen
Pedro Piedrabuena-Anh Vu Duong
Dick Jaspers-Arnim Kahofer.

The great ambiance in the Guri stadium

Frédéric Caudron had a flawless start

Torbjörn Blomdahl


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