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OFF AND RUNNING IN CARDIFF
by Mike Mazek Jul 16, 2001, 5:27 PM EST
The 2001 Admiral World Pool Championship in Cardiff, Wales, got off to a slow start for defending champion and newly crowned International Challenge of Champions winner Fong-Pang Chao, and now the Taiwanese 9-ball star is close to missing the next round. Despite winning two of his first three matches after claiming the winner-take-all $50,000 prize at the Challenge of Champions in Uncasville, Conn., on Thursday, Chao finds himself at the bottom of a three-way tie for the last two spots in Group 1, thanks to the scorching starts by group leader Quentin Hann (4-0) of Australia and Englandís Chris Melling (3-0). In Mondayís action, Chao is scheduled take on Brazilís Fabio Luersen and Brit Andy Battams.
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