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Soheil Vahedi Wins World Amateur Championship

Soheil Vahedi has won the IBSF World Championship after a fantastic 8-1 victory over Andrew Pagett in Qatar.

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Vahedi’s biggest break in the event was a 138. Photo credit: PJ Nolan

In doing so, he becomes the second Iranian to capture the most prestigious amateur title after compatriot Hossein Vafaei Ayouri’s success in 2011.

The triumph will also mean a likely invitation onto the professional Main Tour for the upcoming two campaigns.

Vahedi didn’t give Pagett, who has had four stints on the pro circuit himself, much of a chance in a one-sided final showdown.

The 27 year-old won the first three frames before the Welshman finally got on the board with a run of 69 – but that was as good as it got for Pagett.

Breaks of 57, 81, 55 and 63 ensured that Vahedi romped to a win which will be regarded as a relatively big surprise.

The likes of defending champion Pankaj Advani, Yuan Sijun of China and another widely tipped player from Wales in Jamie Clarke all fell by the wayside.

Pagett accounted for Advani in a superb semi-final success over the Indian but fell flat in Tuesday’s final.

For Vahedi, after easily dispatching of Dubliner Michael Judge in the quarter-finals, he ended the wonderful run of Northern Ireland’s Declan Brennan in the last four in a nail-biting decider.

It’ll be interesting to see if Vahedi will first be able to obtain the visas necessary to play regularly on the Main Tour – countryman Vafaei struggled initially to acquire his – then subsequently whether he’ll be able to make waves while on it.

Meanwhile, India did enjoy some glory again as Dharminder Lilly emerged victorious in the Masters tournament, while Belgium’s Wendy Jans won the Ladies edition for the fifth consecutive year.

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