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Cuesports: Peter Gilchrist beats world No.1 to win the World Billiards Championship

Peter Gilchrist an Asian champion and top world player at the Cuesports centre. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM
Peter Gilchrist an Asian champion and top world player at the Cuesports centre. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM
Singapore's top billiards player Peter Gilchrist, an Asian champion and top world player, at the Cuesports centre. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM
Singapore's top billiards player Peter Gilchrist, an Asian champion and top world player, at the Cuesports centre. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM
Singapore's Peter Gilchrist calculating a shot during the English billards singles final against Thailand's Praput Chaithanasakun at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Nov 13, 2011. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore's Peter Gilchrist calculating a shot during the English billards singles final against Thailand's Praput Chaithanasakun at the 26th SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Nov 13, 2011. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore billiards player Peter Gilchrist in action during the Asian Games semi-final match against Myanmar's Oo Nay Thway Oo in Guangzhou, China, on Nov 14, 2010. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
Singapore billiards player Peter Gilchrist in action during the Asian Games semi-final match against Myanmar's Oo Nay Thway Oo in Guangzhou, China, on Nov 14, 2010. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
National billiards player Peter Gilchrist will be competing in the upcoming 2010 edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
National billiards player Peter Gilchrist will be competing in the upcoming 2010 edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Peter Gilchrist, an Asian champion and top world billiards player at the Cuesports centre with his custom-made "Hunt & O’Byrne" cue. Singaporean Peter Gilchrist has won the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Billiards C
Peter Gilchrist, an Asian champion and top world billiards player at the Cuesports centre with his custom-made "Hunt & O’Byrne" cue. Singaporean Peter Gilchrist has won the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Billiards Championship, beating world No.1 David Causier in the final played in Leeds on Wednesday night. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALBERT SIM

Singaporean Peter Gilchrist has won the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) World Billiards Championship, beating world No.1 David Causier in the final played in Leeds on Wednesday night.

The 45-year-old, currently ranked fifth in the world by the IBSF, stunned 40-year-old Briton Causier 1,500-1,085 in the long format final to finish first among 59 competitors. In the long format competition, players win if they reach 400 points for the group stages, 1,000 for quarter-finals, 1,250 for the semi-finals and 1,500 for the final.

Gilchrist, who also won the world title in 1994 and 2001, enjoyed a perfect tournament. In the group stage, he won all four matches, beating England's Ian Williamson (400-145), India's Subramanian Venkateshwaran (400-65), Australia's Anna Lynch (400-40) and Vietnam's Kien Nguyen Trung (400-69). In the last eight, he defeated India's Rupesh Shah (1,000-853) and in the semi-final, he overturned a deficit of more than 100 points to vanquish Alok Kumar, also of India, 1,250-916.

He hopes the latest win will see him add more world titles more regularly. He said: "The last time I won this was 2001. I won it in (1994), so it's like every decade. But I'm not going to wait until 2020 now - I want to do it next year as well."

The England-born Gilchrist, who took up citizenship in 2006, now coaches the Singapore national team. Playing in Singapore's colours, he won the 2009 and 2011 SEA Games gold medals in the English billiards singles.