EC Youth 8-ball Gold Medals for Guleikova, Froehlich, and Jastrzab

Left to right: Froehlich, Guleikova, and Jastrzab

The 8-ball individuals at the Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2019 have been decided today. The Gold Medals were snatched by Aleksandra Guleikova (RUS), Dominik Jastrzab (POL) and Christian Froehlich (GER).

The final match in the U19 was played between Christian Froehlich and Dmitrii Shkudov (RUS). The German was favored since he had already taken the Gold Medal in the straight pool competition earlier this week. He performed with a string dominance and determined the match from start to beginning. He had a good break shot and broke and ran his racks when it was his turn to break. Shkudov struggled with his break shot. When being 3:1 up, Froehlich left the table for Shkudov since he scratched. With the ball in hand, Shkudov ran out of position after the first shot. He gave the rack back to Froehlich who accepted the gift back. Then, when being 2:6 down, Shkudov again missed an easy shot which sealed his fate in the final match. Froehlich showed no mercy with his Russian opponent and won the match deservedly with 7:2.

Top eight finishers Under 19 10-ball

1. Christian Froehlich GER
2. Dmitrii Shkudov RUS
3. Sanjin Pehlivanovic BIH
    Jonas Souto ESP
5. Quinten Pongers NED
    Jacques Wollschlaeger GER
    Mustafa Altar TNC
    Niclas Dohr GER

In the final of the U17, Dominik Jastrzab was on a mission against Andrei Adziarykha (BLR). He lost the 10-ball semifinal to his teammate Szymon Kural and was very ambitious to not lose this final. That attitude probably gave him the underneath his wings which he needed. He took down his opponent from Belarus with 6:3 and went for his first title on a European level.

Top eight finishers Under 17 10-ball
1. Dominik Jastrzab POL
2. Andrei Adziarykha BLR
3. Mikita Paluyan BLR
    Szymon Kural POL
5. Emil-Andra Gangflot NOR
    Arsenii Kovalerchik RUS
    Arseni Sevastyanov FIN
    Yannick Pongers NED

The final in the girls division took place between Aleksandra Guleikova and Bojana Sarac (SRB). That match turned into a thriller with both players performing on an equal level. Consequently, the match went to 4:4 in a race to 5. Guleikova broke rack 9. She had no ball pocketed so Sarac had the chance to go for the title first. But the Serbian missed the last ball of her group which was not even a tough shot. Probably her nerves played a trick on her. Guleikova got to the table and ran all balls of her group to pocket the 8-ball for her 5:4 victory. A special word for Tara Verhagen, because she was a not selected player. She was well focused and with right intentions on the table and she managed to get the bronze medal what is very good cause the selected players we don´t see them get any medal. Although that is a pity. Tara you were great in many ways.

Top eight finishers Girls 10-ball
1. Aleksandra Guleikova RUS
2. Bojana Sarac SRB
3. Tara Verharen NED
    Milena Murha BLR
5. Valeriia Trushevskaia RUS
    Polina Vinokurova UKR
    Maryna Kaliaieva UKR
    My Nguyen SWE

Medal table after 3 of 5 events

This keeps Germany on top of the medal table with Russia being second and Poland in third place.

Earlier today, several rounds of the 9-ball individuals have been played. While the favorites took their first matches quite easily, some close matches were also played. Sanjin Pehlivanovic (BIH) took down Aatu Suoraniemi (FIN) 8:3. Christian Froehlich won 8:3 over Daniel Todorov (BUL). Ivan Gallig (CRO) had a close battle with William Viitanen (SWE) and won it with the closest of all possible results, 8:7.

Two days to go in the EC Youth Championships, that means you still can visit Sonny´s BS shop in Leende or online on

The Dynamic Billard European Youth Championships 2019 will commence tomorrow morning at 09:00 CET with matches in the 9-ball individuals competition of the girls, U17 and U19.

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