2017 UMB World Cup Porto

Haeng-Jik Kim of South Korea wins the UMB World Cup in Porto, Portugal July 2017

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Carlos Anguita of Spain Wins 2017 World Championship for Juniors!

After a stunning upset win in the semi-final round against 2016 defending World Champion Myung-Woo Cho, Carlos Anguita of Spain defeated Beom-Yeol Lee of Korea to win the 2017 Junior World Championship. Cho had seemed almost unstoppable, having posted an amazing 25 points in 6 inning performance (4.167) in the group stage. But in the 8-man knock-out final phase, Cho began to struggle, barely winning his 1/4 final round game. That left an opening for the confident Anguita to take down the former champion in a tough 35-33 semi-final match. The clash of the Juniors matched the similar rivalry of the men in major International events. Thus the pressure was intense for the last four as two Koreans faced two from Europe for the title. The surprise was that the Korean playing in the final was Beom-Yeol Lee. In the end it was Carlos Anguita who proved the most steady, winning 35-23 and securing his place in history. Bravo Carlos, the pride of Spain and the new World Junior Champion in 3-Cushion.

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