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Kyren Wilson Wins World Games Gold

Kyren Wilson has won a gold medal for Great Britain on the final day of the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw.

Kyren Wilson World Games (WPBSA)
Kyren Wilson is the world number 11. Photo credit: WPBSA

The 25 year-old beat compatriot Ali Carter 3-1 in Sunday’s final, which featured the top two ranked players in the tournament.

Carter, despite a beautiful break of 113 in the third frame, had to settle for the silver medal while Soheil Vahedi bagged bronze for Iran after edging Xu Si in a decider in Saturday’s third and fourth place play-off.

The Games will be remembered for Wilson, though, who becomes the third British and Northern Ireland player to claim gold after Gerard Greene in 2005 and Nigel Bond four years later.

Belgium’s Bjorn Haneveer took home the maiden gold medal at the Akita Games in 2001 while Aditya Mehta of India was the defending champion this year, but bowed out in the first round.

Wilson recorded 3-1 victories over Andres Petrov and Michael Judge in Poland before a 3-0 whitewash win against Vahedi yesterday.

There might not be ranking points or prize money on offer but winning a gold medal in a major games and being able to represent his country on the top podium will certainly live long in the memory.

It was a disappointing conclusion to an otherwise great week for Carter, who had knocked in an event-high 136 en route to his place in the final showdown.

The “Captain” fell behind early as Wilson quickly established a 2-0 advantage, before the ton threatened to make things interesting.

However, Wilson shut the door on a potential nail-biter with a coolly constructed 77 the capture the title.

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Northern Ireland Open – won by Mark Allen.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Mark Allen
10. Ding Junhui
11. Mark Williams
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Yan Bingtao
14. Barry Hawkins
15. Jack Lisowski
16. Anthony McGill

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