Appleton at the World 9-Ball Pool Championship in Doha, 2012
|Born||8 February 1976 (age 41)
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England
Darren "Dynamite" Appleton (born 8 February 1976) is an English pool player. He won the first WPA World Ten-ball Championship in 2008 against Wu Jia-qing, the former world champion in both nine-ball and eight-ball from Taiwan. With the victory, he became the second male player from Britain to win a world championship after Daryl Peach who won the world nine-ball title a year earlier.
Appleton, who started playing pool at age 12, was formerly the world ranked no. 1 player in British-style eight-ball pool. He was twice runner-up in the WEPF Eight-ball Pool World Championship. In 2006, he joined the International Pool Tour's standardised eight-ball competition. That year, he also won the Straight Pool Challenge at the Derby City Classic.
On 5 October 2008, Appleton claimed an upset victory in the inaugural WPA World Ten-ball Championship over Wu Jia-qing, 13–11, winning the US$100,000 top prize: "I've waited 16 years for this and have to enjoy the moment. I had mixed feelings and I was looking back at my disappointments in the past. I was ranked first (earlier in the decade) in the world but I have never won a world championship... It was a dream come true for me and I'm happy to win the title here in the Philippines."
In May 2009, Appleton challenged Dennis Hatch of the United States in a three-day race-to-100 challenge match of ten-ball. Hatch, however, came out the victor with a score of 100-83. In the same year, he won the World Pool Masters tournament by defeating Nick van den Berg.
Appleton was a member of the victorious European team in the 2010 Mosconi Cup. He was named MVP for the tournament with a 5-1 win to loss ratio.
- The World Straight Pool Championship record of 73 events with a 175 ball run which was previously held by Thorsten Hohmann.
- The all-time record at any major event of 183 which was set at the US Open 14.1 by Joe Procita.
- First time, in a major tournament, of completing all 200 balls and finishing the game without missing a shot.
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|Inaugural champion||WPA World Ten-ball Champion
|WPA World Nine-ball Champion