Six Filipino pool artists notched their first victories in the 46th All Japan Championship in Hyogo, Japan.
Former world champion Francisco “Django” Bustamante led the charge of the Filipinos as he outclassed Tokoro Kanji of Japan, 9-2. He arranged a second-round meeting with another Japanese, Tsuken Sho, a 9-6 winner over his compatriot Haraguchi Toshiyuki.
Also marching into the second round are Dennis Orcollo, Johann Gonzales Chua, Lee Van Corteza, Jeffrey Ignacio and Carlo Biado.
Orcollo defeated Maruka Yyosuke, 9-8; Chua over Sugaya Shintaro, 9-6; Corteza over Chen Hsing-Ting of Taiwan; Ignacio over Lu Hui-Chan of Taiwan, 9-5; and Biado over Hsieh Chia-Chen of Taiwan, 9-2.
Orcollo faces Sato Masayuki of Japan, who beat South Korean Kim Woong Dae (9-8); Chua faces Kitatani Yoshihiro of Japan, who outplayed Kamata Michiaki also of Japan (9-7); and Corteza faces Suzuki Atsushi of Japan, who overpowered Majd Al Zabi of the United Arab Emirates (9-0); Ignacio faces Kikushima Atashi, who thumped Aloysius Yapp of Singapore (9-6); and Biado faces Kagawa Takatoshi of Japan, who hurdled Luu Minh Phuc of Vietnam (9-8)
A total prize of $63,160 is up for grabs in the tournament sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association. The champion gets $18,000 and the runner-up pockets $9,000. The losing semifinalists will receive $4,500 each.
EMIL C. NOGUERA