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07-14-2004, 06:22 AM
Wednesday, July 14, 2004


Django, Kiamco in round of 64

By Rian Jay G. Hernandez , Correspondent

TOP Filipino bets Francisco “Django” Busta*man*te and Warren Ki*amco sparkled with their A-games as they strolled to the last 64 phase of 2004 World Pool Championships at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

Bustamante, the 2002 runner-up to American legend Earl Strickland in Cardiff, Wales, showed the way for the RP “Dirty Dozen” as he paced the Filipino contingent with a 5-1 win-loss card and 10 points.

His only defeat so far came at the hands of countryman Antonio Gabica, 5-2, in Group 7 of the 16 eight-man qualifying groups.

On the other hand, Kiamco remained unbeaten in six outings after clobbering Hiroshi Takena of Japan, 5-3. He also toyed with Stefan Selberg of Finland, 5-2.

As of press time, Kiamco was still battling hometown great Fong Pang Chao of Chinese Taipei, who is also undefeated in six matches, for the top spot in Group 10.

But Dennis Orcullo (4-1), a belated qualifier, created a stir within the ranks of the Pinoy cue artists by upsetting Efren “Bata” Reyes, 5-2, to lead Group 2.

“The Magician” Reyes, the 1999 world champion, is not too far behind at 4-2.

Ramil Gallego, who had a slow start with four straight losses, became the first Filipino casualty in the competition. His only victory was against lowly Timothy Hall of USA, 5-1, in Group 1.

Both Bustamante and Kiamco are assured to take home $1,750, and are already just waiting for their compatriots to join them in the next round to move close to the grand prize of $75,000 to the champion.

Defending champion Thorsten Hohmann, 2001 winner Mika Immonen, 2000 champion Chao and veteran billiards artists Oliver Ortman, Ying-chieh Chen and Strickland are all at the top of the heap with six big wins.

They are expected to be top seeds when the round of 64 commences Wednesday.

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