Yang Ching-shun

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Yang.
Yang Ching-shun
Medal record
Competitor for  Chinese Taipei
Men's Nine-ball
World Games
Gold 2001 Akita Individual
Silver 2009 Kaohsiung Individual
Asian Games
Gold 1998 Bangkok Individual
Gold 2002 Busan Individual
Bronze 2006 Doha Individual

Yang Ching-shun (Chinese: ; born 3 April 1978) is a Taiwanese professional pool player, nicknamed "the Son of Pool."

Yang won the nine-ball event of the 1998 Asian Games against then World Pool champion Kunihiko Takahashi. He defended it in 2002 against Warren Kiamco.[1] In an unsuccessful attempt to defend that title for the second time, Yang settled for 3rd place as he was bested in the semi-finals by Jeff de Luna who then finished second to Antonio Gabica.[2]

Despite the fact that he never won a world championship in any discipline of pool like two of his fellow Taiwanese players (Chao Fong-pang and Wu Chia-ching) did, Yang has often been regarded as a potential world champion.

His best finish in the World Pool Championship is 3rd where he reached the semi-finals in 2002. However, he was bested by Francisco Bustamante who eventually lost to Earl Strickland in the finals

As His father died while he was still a child, yang was left to fend for his own along with his mother. He express no interest in his studies and chose to work in a local billiard hall near his home, where he met Chao Fong Pang. He first started playing pool at the age of 14 and by the time he was 16, he was Japan open champion beating Fransico Bustamante. His hobbies include golf and fishing.

Titles[edit]

  • 2008 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Jakarta Leg
  • 2007 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Singapore Leg
  • 2007 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, China Leg
  • 2007 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Kaohshiung Leg
  • 2007 Money Game King Showdown
  • 2006 Super Cup
  • 2005 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Kaohsiung Leg
  • 2004 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Hong Kong Leg
  • 2003 WPA Asian Nine-ball Tour, Singapore Leg
  • 2002 Asian Games gold medalist (nine-ball)
  • 1998 Asian Games gold medalist (nine-ball)
  • 1996 All Japan Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports 123: Pool: Asian Games: Men: 9-Ball". Sports 123. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Gabica Edges De Luna, Wins Gold In 9-Ball". AZ Billiards. Retrieved 2008-08-07.