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Bustamante Fires Into Final
by Mike Panozzo Jul 20, 2002, 5:19 PM EST

Bustamante savored his win over Yang with the supportive crowd.

With a crowd of more than 500 packed into the Cardiff International Arena shouting "Django! Django!", Francisco Bustamante raised his cue in triumph and bowed his head in reflection after the final 9 ball had punctuated his 11-7 semifinal win over Ching-Shun Yang Saturday night in the 2002 Hasseroder World Pool Championship. The win vaults the popular 38-year-old Filipino into Sunday's finally at the $300,000 event against the winner of the Earl Strickland/Takeshi Okumura match.

With both players firing on all cylinders, it was evident early that the match would hinge on a precious few mistakes. After Yang opened the scoring, Bustamante used a loose safety in the second rack to string four racks together for a 4-1 lead. Bustamante increased his lead to 5-1, before bad position off the break and a subpar safety allowed Yang, the 24-year-old hotshot from Chinese Taipei, a chance. Yang quickly ran four racks, then won two safety battles to forge a 7-5 advantage.

On the ensuing break, however, Yang was hooked on the 1 and botched a safety attempt. That would be his last look at the table. Using perhaps the game's biggest break, and blazing through racks with amazing ease, Bustamante ran out the match, with Yang looking on helplessly.

"When he is winning 7-5," said Bustamante later, "I said, 'Just give me one shot, and I'll try to keep the table. Every shot was important, so I was careful every time to the table. Yang played very well, but I felt less pressure against him than against Efren [in the quarterfinals].

"I think my daughter is with me," Bustamante added, referring to six-month-old Mariel, who died suddenly on Friday morning. "This tournament is for her."

"Bustamante was very strong," said Yang. "I had my chances, but made a few mistakes. I knew any mistakes would be fatal. I think Bustamante will go on to win the tournament."

Yang earned $17,500 as losing semifinalist. Bustamante is assured $30,000, with $65,000 going to the 2002 champion.

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Tournament Notes
Cardiff Insider
by Gary Baker

* POOL REACHED official sports status in the United Kingdom Saturday evening. In true Wimbeldon fashion, a streaker briefly interrupted the semifinal match between Francisco Bustmante/Ching-Shun Yang. The woefully aged and ill-equipped gentleman raced up to the top steps of the arena entrance, where he was stopped by alert security personnel before he could approach the playing area. Laughing squeals from the fans surprised Yang, who was preparing to break.

* ONE INTERESTED spectator watching Saturday's semi-final between Francisco Bustamante and Ching-Shung Yang was undisputed world darts champion Phil Taylor of England.
Taylor, who won the Las Vegas Desert Classic only two weeks ago, had been playing in a tournament upstairs from the main table in Cardiff International Arena.
He is the top dog of the global Professional Darts Council circuit, and had entered a tournament for their members in which everyone had to pay 50 UK sterling ($75) to enter.
After the event, he sat next to "the Magician," Efren Reyes, to watch the pool having won the darts competition - and filled his pocket with the 4,000 ($6,000) top prize!

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