Jin Long

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Jin.
Jin Long
Born (1981-05-23) 23 May 1981 (age 33)[1]
Jinzhou, Liaoning, China
Sport country  China
Nickname Golden Dragon
Professional 2001–2006, 2008–2010, 2013/14[1]
Highest ranking 60 (2009/10)
Career winnings £52,800[2]
Highest break 125 (2008 Masters Qualifying Event, 2013 Yixing Open)
Century breaks 15[3]
Best ranking finish Last 16 (2012 World Open)
Jin Long
Medal record
Men's Snooker
Asian Indoor Games
Silver 2007 Macau Team
Gold 2009 Ho Chi Minh City Singles
Asian Games
Silver 2002 Busan Team

Jin Long (simplified Chinese: 金龙; traditional Chinese: 金龍) is a former Chinese professional snooker player. He is nicknamed "Golden Dragon", which is a transliteration of his given name.

Career[edit]

He became professional in 2001 following his strong runs to the finals of the Asian and Chinese Championships. His first Main Tour stints were rather unsuccessful, with the best result a last 48 appearance at the 2004 Grand Prix. Jin has managed to regain a Main Tour place by winning the 2008 Asian Championship, beating Aditya Mehta 7–3 in the final, having had spells on the tour on three previous occasions. He has been a regular wildcard in the China Open and he also competed in the 2008 Jiangsu Classic finishing above top players such as Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson in his group, eventually finishing third.[4]

2011/2012 season[edit]

Jin recorded the best ranking event finish of his career to date at the 2012 World Open, where he reached the last 16. He was selected to play in the wildcard round, where he beat Sam Baird 5–3 to qualify for the last 32 and a match up with compatriot Ding Junhui. Jin capatilised on his opponent's mistakes and won the match 5–1, but couldn't continue his run in the tournament in the next round as he lost 5–2 to Robert Milkins.[5][6]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Jin played in the wildcard round of the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai Masters this season, losing 5–3 to Jamie Burnett in the former. In Shanghai he saw off Jimmy Robertson 5–4, before Graeme Dott beat him 5–2 in the first round.[7] He played in all three of the new Asian Tour events with his best finish coming at the Second Event where he was knocked out 4–2 in the quarter-finals by Cao Yupeng.[7] This result was a major factor in him finishing 13th on the Order of Merit, high enough to receive a place on the main tour for the next two seasons.[8]

2013/2014 season[edit]

Despite being able to enter qualifying for every ranking event in the 2013/2014 season, Jin only played in the four Asian Tour events.[9] He was beaten in the last 64 once and in the last 32 three times to finish 30th on the Order of Merit and 116th in the snooker world rankings.[10][11] For the 2014/15 season, he didn't renew his WPBSA membership and was therefore no longer on the World Snooker Tour.[12]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Jin played in the Haining Open as an amateur, losing 0–4 to Ian Burns in the last 128 round.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[13][nb 1] UR[nb 2][nb 3] UR UR[nb 3] UR 93 UR[nb 4] UR[nb 4] UR[nb 2] 60 UR[nb 4] UR[nb 4] UR[nb 4] UR[nb 2] 116[nb 4]
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 5] Not Held Non-Ranking WR A A
Shanghai Masters Not Held WR LQ LQ 1R WR 1R WD A
UK Championship A LQ A LQ LQ A A LQ LQ A A A A A
Welsh Open A LQ A LQ WD A A LQ LQ A A A A
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6] Non Held A A DNQ DNQ
China Open A Not Held WR WD WR WR LQ LQ WR WR A A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A LQ LQ A A A A
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ A A A A LQ A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Scottish Open[nb 7] A LQ A Not Held MR Not Held
British Open A LQ A LQ Not Held
Irish Masters A LQ A LQ NH NR Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 8] A LQ A LQ LQ A NR Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held NR A A LQ Not Held
Bahrain Championship Not Held LQ Not Held
World Open[nb 9] A LQ A 1R LQ A A LQ LQ A 2R A A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 5] Not Held RR RR A A Ranking Event
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not held means an event was not held.
MR / Minor-ranking event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
NR / Non-ranking event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking event means an event is/was now a ranking event
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c New players don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ a b He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ a b c d e f He was an amateur.
  5. ^ a b The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event was called the European Open (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  9. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)

Tournament wins[edit]

Amateur[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jin Long Official WPBSA player profile.". WorldSnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2007–2010 [copyright date]. "Player List" section. Archived from the original on 12 May 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Jin Long Player Profile". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jin Long - Season 2013/2014". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Top Snooker: 2008 Jiangsu Classic Information & Draw". Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Qualifier Jin crushes sluggish Ding in Haikou". China.org.cn. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Higgins whitewashes Cope". Eurosport. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Jin Long 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Asian Order of Merit after APTC3". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jin Long 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship". World Snooker. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Updated World Rankings". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 July 2014. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  14. ^ "Roll of Honour: Asian Snooker Championship". Asian Confederation of Billiards Sports. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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