Kristján Helgason

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Kristján Helgason
Born 27 March 1974 (age 44)
Sport country Iceland Iceland
Professional 1995–1997, 1998–2004
Highest ranking 66 (2003/2004)
Career winnings £87,070[1]
Highest break 130:
(1999 British Open qualifying)
Century breaks 25
Best ranking finish Last 32 (x3)

Kristján Helgason (born 27 March 1974) is an Icelandic former professional snooker player.

Career[edit]

Born in 1974, Helgason turned professional in 1995. In 1998, he reached the last 48 at the Irish Open, losing 3–5 to Billy Snaddon, but made no further progress in any tournament that season.

The following season, he reached the last 32 at the 2000 Scottish Open, where he defeated Nick Pearce, John Read and Jamie Burnett before losing 3–5 to Mark Williams. In that year's World Championship, he beat Joe Jogia, John Lardner, Joe Johnson, Rod Lawler and Terry Murphy to set up a meeting in the first round at the Crucible Theatre with Stephen Lee. Becoming the first Icelander to appear at the Crucible, Helgason lost 3–10.[2]

In the last 48 at the 2002 China Open, Helgason faced Anthony Hamilton, building a 4–0 lead with consecutive breaks of 93, 91 and 83; however, Hamilton won the next five frames to run out a 5–4 victor.

Helgason played at the last 32 stage of a ranking event for the third time at the 2002 British Open; there, he defeated Jin Long, Ryan Day, Stuart Bingham, Patrick Wallace and Dave Harold, but lost 3–5 to Paul Hunter.

Having reached a career-high ranking of 66th for the 2003/2004 season, Helgason played in only the first two tournaments, losing in the LG Cup 4–5 to Ian Brumby and in the British Open, 4–5 to Michael Wild. He finished the season ranked 103rd, and lost his professional status at the age of 30.

Career finals[edit]

Amateur finals: 13 (9 titles, 4 runners-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1993 World Under-21 Amateur Championship Sri Lanka Indika Dodangoda 11–7
Winner 2. 1994 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Gunnar Valsson 9–4
Winner 3. 1996 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Johannes Johannesson 9–6
Runner-up 1. 1996 European Amateur Championships Scotland Graham Horne 5–8
Winner 4. 1997 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Johannes Johannesson 9–5
Runner-up 2. 1997 European Amateur Championships Finland Robin Hull 3–7
Runner-up 3. 1998 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Johannes Johannesson 5–9
Winner 5. 1998 European Amateur Championships Malta Alex Borg 7–2
Runner-up 4. 2005 European Amateur Championships Malta Alex Borg 2–7
Winner 6. 2012 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Thorri Jensson 9–1
Winner 7. 2017 Nordic Snooker Championship Finland Patrik Tiihonen 5–2
Winner 8. 2017 Iceland Amateur Championship Iceland Jon Ingi Ægisson 9–0
Winner 9. 2017 European 6-Reds Championship England Wayne Brown 5–2

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