Dick Jaspers

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Dick Jaspers
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Born (1965-07-23) 23 July 1965 (age 49)
Sint Willebrord
Sport country  Netherlands
Professional 1986
Dick Jaspers
Medal record
Competitor for  Netherlands
Men's Three-cushion billiards
World Three-cushion Champion
Bronze 1991 World Cup Individual
Bronze 1999 Bogotá Individual
Gold 2000 Saint-Étienne Individual
Bronze 2002 Randers Individual
Gold 2004 Rotterdam Individual
Bronze 2006 Sankt Wendel Individual
Bronze 2007 Cuenca Individual
Gold 2011 Lima Individual
Bronze 2013 Antwerp Individual
European Three-cushion Champion
Silver 1990 Norrköping Individual
Silver 1991 Dordrecht Individual
Bronze 1998 Aubagne Individual
Bronze 1999 Porto Individual
Bronze 2001 Odense Individual
Gold 2003 Göynük Individual
Bronze 2005 Porto Individual
Bronze 2006 Antalya Individual
Bronze 2007 Salon-de-Provence Individual
Gold 2008 Florange Individual
Gold 2010 Sankt Wendel Individual
Gold 2011 Porto Individual
World Three-cushion Team Champion
Silver 1993 Viersen Team
Gold 1998 Viersen Team
Gold 1999 Viersen Team
Silver 2000 Viersen Team
Silver 2002 Viersen Team
Bronze 2003 Viersen Team
Silver 2005 Viersen Team
Bronze 2006 Viersen Team
Bronze 2007 Viersen Team
Silver 2008 Viersen Team
Bronze 2010 Viersen Team
Bronze 2011 Viersen Team
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
Gold 1997 Individual
Gold 1999 Individual
Gold 2008 Individual
World Games
Silver 2001 Akita Individual
Silver 2005 Duisburg Individual
Gold 2009 Kaohsiung Individual

Dingeman Jacobus Johannes "Dick" Jaspers (born 23 July 1965) is a Dutch professional carom billiards player who specializes in the three-cushion event.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jaspers started playing billiards when he was three years old in the pub his parents ran in his home town. Between 1974 and 1980 he participated in the Dutch Youth Championships before making the move to the senior level. In this period he got lessons from Andre Gulickx and Tony Schrauwen

Professional career[edit]

Jaspers became a professional billiard player in 1986 after seeing Raymond Ceulemans and Nobuaki Kobayashi on live television during their World Cup final in Valkenburg. Jaspers won two silver medals in the Dutch Championships 1986. In 1987 and 1989 he won the National Championship, and participated three times at the European Youth Championship. He won the gold medal on all of those occasions.

Jaspers started playing in the West German division of the Billiards World Cup Association (BWA) which managed professional Grand-Prix tournaments. Jaspers won several of these tournaments and was later suspended by the Confédération Européenne de Billard (CEB) for five years for his participation. Several other world-class players received the same suspension. The Union Mondiale de Billard supported this decision and Jaspers and the other players were prohibited from participating in European and World Championships for five years. Following the suspension the players remained members of the BWA and played all their tournaments with them, which resulted in a long-term suspension. In 1989 and 1992 Jaspers became European Champion at the European Nation Championships, and in 1991 and 1992 he won the Finals of the Coupe d'Europe events. In 1998 the associations and their players came together to resolve their differences. From then on the players were able to play at the ECs and WCs again. Jaspers won the Three-Cushion World Cup in 1997[2] and 1999, and received the Golden KNBB Pin in December 1999.

In October 2000, Jaspers dominated the UMB World Three-cushion Championship. Earlier that year he was honored by the BWA.[clarification needed] He was not able to defend his title the following year, but he won the Silver Medal at the 2001 World Games in Akita, Japan.

In Göynük, Turkey, he won the 2003 European Championships and he became UMB World Champion for the second time in 2004 when he overclassed his Greek opponent Filipos Kasidokostas in the final (15-9, 15-0, 15-5). The event was held in Jaspers' home country in Rotterdam. Jaspers would win that event again five years later by defeating Torbjörn Blomdahl.

In 2005, Jaspers won three Silver Medals (World Games, World Nations Championships and Euro Billiards). On 3 September 2006 Jaspers won his 13th Dutch National Championship event.

Japspers defeated Blomdahl again to win the 2009 AGIPI Billiard Masters. A prize of €20,550 was awarded to him.

Titles[edit]

  • 1997 Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
  • 1999 Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
  • 2000 UMB World Three-cushion Champion
  • 2003 CEB European Three-cushion Champion
  • 2004 UMB World Three-cushion Champion
  • 2008 CEB European Three-cushion Champion
  • 2008 Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
  • 2009 UMB/CEB AGIPI Masters
  • 2010 CEB European Three-cushion Champion
  • 2010 UMB/CEB AGIPI Masters
  • 2010 Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
  • 2011 CEB European Three-cushion Champion
  • 2011 UMB World Three-cushion Champion

Reference of results [3]

World records[edit]

  • Three-cushion percentage in a single 3-set 45-carambole match: 5.625 (45/8) (2008)[4]
  • Most points in a row: 34 over 3 sets (2008, see below) [5]
  • Three-cushion percentage in a tournament: 2.536 over 7 matches (2002) [1] and 2.666 over 4 matches (2005) [2]

In the 2008 European Championship Final against Torbjorn Blomdahl, Jaspers averaged 5.625.[6] He ended Game One by going 13 and out in his second inning, ran 15 and out in his first inning of Game Two and ran six in his first inning of Game Three. Thus, he made 34 consecutive points.

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Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
1997
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
1999
Preceded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Frédéric Caudron
Preceded by
Frédéric Caudron
Three-Cushion World Cup Champion
2010
Succeeded by
Torbjörn Blomdahl
Preceded by
Dani Sánchez
World Games - Three-cushion Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Incumbent