Raymond Ceulemans in 2011
12 July 1937 |
Unless otherwise stated, the
data refer to the "3-Cushion" discipline.
|Best SA:||5,000 (1997)|
|Best GA:||2,307 (1997)|
|High-run (HR)||28 (1998)|
|Other Championships:||61× Belgian Champion
57× other Championships
|Men's Three-cushion billiards|
|UMB World Three-cushion Championship|
|Buenos Aires 1966||Three-cushion|
|Las Vegas 1970||Three-cushion|
|Buenos Aires 1972||Three-cushion|
|La Paz 1975||Three-cushion|
|Las Vegas 1978||Three-cushion|
|Buenos Aires 1980||Three-cushion|
|Las Vegas 1986||Three-cushion|
|CEB European Three-cushion Championship|
|The Hague 1969||Three-cushion|
Ridder Raymond Ceulemans (born 12 July 1937) is a Belgian billiards player and possibly the most dominant single figure in any one sport, having won 35 World Championship titles (23 in three-cushion + 12 in other carom disciplines), 48 European titles (23 in three-cushion) and 61 national titles. His nickname is "Mr 100". He was inducted into the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame in 2001, one of the very few non-Americans to receive the honour. In October 2003 King Albert II of Belgium honoured Raymond Ceulemans by awarding him a knighthood (Ridderschap) in recognition of his lifetime achievements.
He was born in Lier, Belgium. By the age of 7, Ceulemans was playing billiards on the table in his father's café. He also liked to play association football at the local club. Although he was a good midfielder (in 1958 he was discovered by the club K. Beerschot V.A.C. but a transfer was never made) he stopped playing football and began to concentrate on billiards.
In 1961 at the age of 23 Ceulemans won his first Belgian three-cushion title. In 1962 he won his first CEB European Three-cushion Championship.
A year later he won his first world title at the UMB World Three-cushion Championship with averages of 1.159 and 1.307 points per inning. He went on to win the title 11 times in row. The winning streak came to end in 1974 when he lost to Nobuaki Kobayashi in finals. He was the first three-cushion player to reach levels of 1.500 and 2.000 average points per inning.
Ceulemans won the first Three-Cushion World Cup in Paris, France in 1986; two more titles followed in 1987 and 1990. In 1998 he tied the world record held by Junichi Komori of Japan during professional match play by scoring 28 points in a single inning. (The record was later broken.)
Ceulemans won the European three-cushion championship 23 times and defended it 19 times.
- UMB World Three-cushion Championship (1963–1973, 1975–1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 2001)
- Three-Cushion World Cup (1986, 1987, 1990)
- CEB European Three-cushion Championship (1962–1972, 1974–1983, 1987, 1992)