Takeshi Okumura

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Takeshi Okumura (奥村 健, Okumura Takeshi) (born April 24, 1952 in Fukuoka, Japan) is a Japanese professional pool player.

Professional career[edit]

He started playing pool at 16 and turned professional ten years later.[1]

Okumura won the WPA World Nine-ball Championship in 1994, defeating Yasunari Itsuzaki in an all Japanese final. With the win, he became the first Japanese and second Asian to win a world championship in pocket billiards. Until Nick Varner won the title in 1999, Okumura was the oldest champion.

Although he won the world nine-ball crown, Okumura wasn't quite successful in the sport for the next ten years. In 1995, he almost won the International Challenge of Champions but Chao Fong-pang of Taiwan bested him in the last match. He also was closing to winning the US Open Nine-ball Championship in 2000 but lost to Earl Strickland, 5-11, in the finals.[2] He nearly had a shot for a second world title in 2002 but again was defeated by Earl Strickland in the semis.[3]

After some less impressive past performances, Okumura showed dominance one last time, in 2005. He defeated Mika Immonen in the finals to win the All Japan Championship, a long-running tournament featuring players from Japan and the rest of the world.[4]

Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Takeshi Okumura Profile (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "FIVE and ALIVE!". Billiards Digest. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Lovefest For Strickland In Semis". Billiards Digest. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Okumura wins his 7th title". Ralf Souquet. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
Preceded by
Chao Fong-pang
WPA Men's World Nine-ball Champion
1994
Succeeded by
Oliver Ortmann