Billiards champ Biado looks to continue golden run

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Carlo Biado. Pool photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – After winning gold in the 2017 World Games in Poland and in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, Filipino cue artist Carlo Biado has no intentions of relaxing.

Biado made history in late June by beating Great Britan’s Jayson Shaw in the final of the men’s 9-ball tournament of the World Games for the Philippines’ first gold medal there.

He rode the momentum of that win all the way to Kuala Lumpur, where he also secured the gold medal in the same event.

“Siyempre, sobrang saya, kasi nakuha ko ‘yung gold,” said Biado. “Kahit na noong naglalaro, medyo kinakabahan, masayang-masaya ako noong natapos ‘yung laban, kasi nasungkit natin ‘yung gold medal.”

Biado took down Vietnam’s Duoc Quoc Hoang, 9-5, in the final, as he raced to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back. It was his first gold medal in singles, after winning gold in doubles and a silver in the singles in previous SEA Games.

“Sobrang saya, pero mas sobrang saya noong nanalo ako sa World Games,” said Biado. “So, nasundan pa, kaya lalong sumaya ako ngayon.”

Biado is hopeful that his golden run in 2017 will continue when he heads to Ashgabat in Turkmenistan this September for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

“Kasali pa rin ako doon,” said Biado, who will team up with fellow SEA Games gold medalist Chezka Centeno, and silver medalists Rubilen Amit, in representing the Philippines.

“Halos walang pahinga, pero okay lang ‘yun,” he assured. “Ganoon talaga.”

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