• ‘Django’ rules Sweden 10-ball tilt

    Francisco “Django” Bustamante pulls off a tricky shot  file photo

    Francisco “Django” Bustamante pulls off a tricky shot file photo

    Former world champion Francisco  “Django” Bustamante nailed his first title this year after ruling the 2014 Interpool Open 10-Ball Challenge held in Gavle, Sweden.

    The 50-year-old Bustamante wasted no time in crushing Torbjorn Blomdahl of Sweden via an impressive 8-1 decision in the finals.

    Bustamante pocketed the $2,200 top purse.

    The Filipino cue master made it to the finals by scoring a nerve-wracking 8-7 win over Ruslan Chinakhov of Russia in the semifinals.

    He defeated Tom Storm of Sweden in the first round, 8-7, and then ousted Cohen Stephan of France in the quarterfinals, 8-3.

    In the 9-Ball event, Busta–mante wound up third following his 8-11 semifinal loss to former world titlist Ralf Souquet of Germany. He settled for $986 consolation purse.

    Souquet beat Mika Immonen of Finland in the finals, 11-10, to grab the $3,800 champion’s prize.

    Bustamante had a couple of runner-up finishes in the Derby City Classic 2014 9-Ball Banks Division and Derby City Classic 2014 Bank Pool Ring Game in January both held in Indiana, US.

    Bustamante will be seeing action next in the China Open on June 1 to 8 in Shanghai and the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) World 9-Ball Championship on June 16 to 27 in Doha, Qatar.


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