Shane Van Boening collects £60,000 in prize money after becoming the first American to win the title since Earl Strickland in 2002; the South Dakota Kid defeats Albin Ouschan to win the World Snooker Championship in Milton Keynes
Last update: 04/10/22 21:24
Shane Van Boening became world champion by winning the 2022 World Snooker Championship title
Shane Van Boening finally became the world champion after beating Albin Ouschan in the Pool World Championship final at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes on Sunday.
The American, who produced a comeback for the ages as he came from 10-3 down to defeat Hall of Famer and former world champion Mika Immonen 11-10 to reach the last 16, kept his momentum going in the final .
From 6-6, Van Boening came home with an expert performance to claim his first ever world title, leaving Ouschan with very few opportunities at the table as he secured a thrilling 13-6 win.
It was effortless and equally stunning at the same time in a defining moment for the South Dakota Kid.
Van Boening said: “I tried for years. Twice I was in the final and twice in the final. I just knew I was going to win the swimming pool world championship. I dreamed that I would be world champion teaches you to work hard, follow your dreams and never give up.
“It was just a fantastic week. This match for me against Mika changed things. I could have gone home at 10-3. But I fought. I’m at a loss for words. I’m so happy for me, thank you to all the fans of this sport.
“I spent so many hours in my career. I dreamed of being world champion. Today is that moment.”
He added: “It’s a dream come true. It makes me want more, I’ll go home and go fishing for a bit but then I’ll work hard again.”
Ouschan, who was aiming to become just the second player in history to defend his title and win it three times emulating Earl Strickland, said: “Until the middle of the game it was back and forth. I played a safety and then didn’t make a shot for the rest of the game.
“Shane played a great tournament with great returns. He deserved it today. I’m disappointed but it’s fair to say he played better. He had some rolls but without that you can’t be world champion”
The win puts Van Boening in a dominant position to retain his spot on the Team USA Mosconi Cup squad from Nov. 30-December 3 in Las Vegas.
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