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Xiao Wins 6-Reds Gold

It’s a rare occasion but it is actually happening – snooker is being played in South Korea this week.

The World Indoor and Martial Arts Games takes place in Incheon near the capital of Seoul with four different events in snooker taking place.

The Men’s Singles and Team disciplines, as well as the Women’s 6-Red title, will be decided later on in the week but China has already got the first gold in the Men’s 6-Reds format.

Xiao Gudong narrowly overcame Iran’s Amir Sarkhosh in the final 5-4 which adds to the gold medal he won in the Singles of the Asian Indoor Games of 2009.

Xiao won’t be competing in the Singles here, though, as the Chinese representatives will come in the form of Ding Junhui, who was the country’s flag-bearer, and Cao Yupeng.

I’ll be attending at least the semi-finals and the final as that event concludes on Saturday and it would not be a surprise to see both of those men competing for another gold medal for their nation.

Either way, it’ll be great to see some live snooker in Korea – something I definitely didn’t expect when I made my trip to the Far East earlier in the year.



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