Vietnam finishes 6th at Billiards World Championship

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Vietnam finished sixth at the World Team Three-Cushion Championship in Germany Sunday, the country's highest placing so far at the billiards event.

Belgium won the championship.

Vietnam's No.1 player Duong Anh Vu was not in good form but the country's No.2 Ma Xuan Cuong performed excellently.

The Vietnamese players earned a total 275 points to finish the contest in sixth spot behind Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Austria. Vietnam finished above Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The Belgian win came as no surpise as Frederic Caudron is the world number one and Eddy Merckx is close behind.

The fact that the Netherlands did not have world No.2 Dick Jaspers from the quarterfinals onwards helped Belgium, who took the runner-up position at last year's event.

The competition was dramatic this year. Strong teams like Sweden and even the 2010 and 2011 champions Turkey failed to advance to the quarterfinals.

In contrast, the fact that Vietnam, Japan and the Republic of Korea made their ways to the quarters indicated that Asian countries have won a place on the world-class billiards stage.

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