Ahmad Taufiq bows out of SEA Games after 9-ball quarters defeat

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam’s pool athlete Ahmad Taufiq bin Murni’s campaign in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games ended in heartbreak following a 9-7 defeat to Vietnam’s Do The Kien in the men’s 9-ball singles quarterfinals at the Manila Hotel Tent yesterday.

Having established a 3-0 lead, the national cueist appeared to be in a good position when he led his Vietnamese opponent 5-2.

Taufiq enhanced the country’s prospects of a historic medal in billiard sports when he maintained a three-point lead at 6-3.

However, Do The Kien, who had already stopped his tracks in the men’s 10-ball singles, clawed his way back in contention by sweeping up two successive frames.

The Bruneian edged closer to the hill by taking the next rack but his opponent went into a run of four straight frames to win the tie and advance to the semi-finals.

The men’s 9-ball singles quarters marked the second time that Taufiq had been in medal contention in this year’s multi-sport meet having encountered the same position in the 9-ball doubles alongside teammate Muhammad Azim bin Abu Bakar.

During that competition, the pair narrowly missed out on representing the country in the podium after they lost 9-8 to Philippines’ duo Warren Kiamco and Jeffrey Ignacio.

Do The Kien, who is the 10-ball singles silver medallist, will face Singapore’s Toh Lian Han after he defeated Kiamco 9-4.

Meanwhile, in the other last-four match, Singapore’s Aloysius Yap will take on Myanmar’s Phone Myint Kyaw, the conqueror of Muhammad Azim in the last-18 match.

Ahmad Taufiq bin Murni in action. PHOTO: INFOFOTO