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Lifelong dream: Carlo Biado cherishes US Open pool victory

Beatrice Go
Lifelong dream: Carlo Biado cherishes US Open pool victory

BIGGEST DREAM. Carlo Biado wins the prestigious US Open Pool Championship in Atlantic City.

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Carlo Biado unlocks a major achievement, winning the highly coveted US Open title

Carlo Biado has won the World Games and the WPA World Nine-Ball Championship, but why does the US Open Pool Championship mean so much to him?

Speaking in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday, September 21, Biado said it is the title he has been coveting in his career.

“Nanalo ako sa World Games, gold medal (Southeast Asian Games), and World Pool Championship, pero ito talaga ‘yung gusto kong mapanalunan. Prestigious event ito at napakaraming player – 256 – and puro world-class,” said Biado, who ruled the 2021 US Open last Saturday, September 18, in Atlantic City.

(I won the World Games, gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games, and the World Pool Championship, but this is the tournament that I really wanted to win. It’s a prestigious event and there are many players at 256, who are all world-class.)

According to the 37-year-old, a US Open winner gets to carry a certain honor among the professional players too.

“Ito ang pangarap ko na makuha ito, ito ang pinakamalaki. Ito ‘yung mga pinapangarap ng mga professional. Iba ang tingin sa iyo ‘pag nakuha mo ito kaya masayang masaya ako na nanalo tayo,” added Biado.

(It’s my biggest dream to win the US Open. All the professionals dream of this title. Everyone looks at you differently when you win this tournament, that’s why I’m really happy that I won.)

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Biado won his dream title in a major come-from-behind fashion when he rallied from down 3-8 to win over Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, 13-8.

The La Union native also recalled that one of his unforgettable moments is defeating Spaniard David Alcaide by one point in the race-to-11 last 16 rematch.

After training in the US for four months, Biado will return to the Philippines next Tuesday, September 28, and plans to leave again to train for a packed 2022 schedule in January.

Biado is slated to compete in the 2022 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Thailand, Vietnam SEA Games, and World Games in Alabama. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.