Teen sends fans snooker loopy with record-breaking world championship win
A teenage snooker player has rocked the world of green baize after becoming the first Pole in history to win an international snooker title after taking top spot at the under-16s world Championships.
Antoni Kowalski, 15, sent fans wild after beating Hungary’s top seeded player Bulcsú Révész 4-2 at the 2019 IBSF World Under-16 Boys Championships in Russia.
Considered to be the most talented player of the younger Polish generation, Kowalski swept through his first five matches losing just one frame at the event in the Siberian city of Tyumen where he was up against 42 players from 12 different countries.
Losing his cue at Moscow airport upon arriving in the country (it was later returned) and battling a raging cold, the Zielona Góra champ had a shaky start to the final against Révész, with the 12-year-old Hungarian taking the first game 2-1.
But Kowalski rallied back taking the fourth frame to equal the score before powering ahead and taking the next two frames to claim the title.
Writing on Facebook after the tournament, Kowalski’s dad Andrzej wrote: “Last year, after the not very successful U16 World Cup in St. Petersburg, Antek [short for Antoni] said: ‘Maybe it happened so that I will come back for gold next year?’ And he did as he said. At the U16 World Championships in Tyumen, Antek won all 9 matches and won the desired championship title.”
Kowalski started snooker training at the age of six. He is the Polish U14 champion and U17 runner-up from 2014 and the Polish U18 runner-up from 2018.