Kim Bo-mi (25, NH Nonghyup Card), daughter of the ‘professional billiards champion (PBA)’, reached the final after 7 games and 8 games, but her first victory had to be postponed. Following Kim Byeong-ho (50, Hana Card), she almost wrote history winning the first women’s championship, but Kim Bo-mi had to be satisfied with the first final.
Kim Bo-mi could not surpass ‘Cambodia Express’ Slong Piabi (33, Blue One Resort) in the women’s final of the ‘PBA-LPBA Haitai Crown Championship’ held at the Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do on the 7th. After a close game, the set score was 3 to 4 and coming from behind.
This is the first runner-up in his professional debut. Kim Bo-mi, who has been participating since the first year, reached the semi-finals 7 times until the previous competition, but advanced to the finals for the first time in 8 times. In the first final, he seemed to win his first trophy, but he had to surrender to Throng.
Kim Bo-mi’s father, Kim Byeong-ho, was also watching his daughter’s game from the stands that day. The situation is completely different to what was seen three years ago. In the men’s final of the ‘Welcome Savings Bank Wellbang PBA Championship’ in January 2020, Kim Byeong-ho took part, and Kim Bo-mi watched from the crowd.
At that time, Kim Byung-ho finished with David Martinez (Coron Haetae), a strong player from Spain, and after a full set match, 4-3 (15-7, 8-15, 13-15, 15-8, 15 – 6, 1-15, 11-7) A dramatic victory was won. In particular, in the 7th set, he was behind 1-7, but in the 4th inning, he scored 10 points in a row, including a great high-level crossing shot, completing a thrilling come-from-behind play. Kim Bo-mi cried and prayed for her father, who was suffering from caring for her, and Kim Byeong-ho responded with victory.
This time, the father was cheering and the daughter tried to live up to him. Kim Bo-mi started anew with the first set of the first set, the first pitch being reversed, and the giant slalom that turns into a difficult lead. Then, he conquered the baseline by showing his heightened senses, such as a walk-up and a 2-yard shot.
However, the momentum of Throng, who has won 3 times in his career, was frightening. As the second set continued, the game was quiet, but Kim Bo-mi took a 7-5 lead until the 9th inning with a giant slalom of 6 cushions in the 6th inning. However, in the 14th inning, Throng scored 4 runs with a side spin following a bank shot, turning the score 9 to 7, and then scored 2 runs with a side spin in the 15th inning to turn the game around.
Even in the 3rd set, Kim Bo-mi hit the set point first, but it was unfortunate that she chose to turn forward, and Throng did not miss the opportunity. Thorong, who was full of motivation, scored a stunning 7 points in the first set of the 4th set and lifted the mood, leading 3 to 1.
Kim Bo-mi, who was driven to the cliff, struggled from the 5th set. After 3 innings, they took a 9 to 2 lead, and in the 5th inning point set, they made up for it with a set score of 2 to 3 by scoring with a lucky kiss. Even in the 6th set, Kim Bo-mi was behind 0-4, but tied the score at 2 consecutive points with elaborate side turns, and then managed to come back from 6-4 with a difficult turn. Driven by momentum, won 11-4 and took the final 7th set.
But Throng didn’t give him another chance. He started with a 7th set inferior, but in the 3rd inning, he made a 3-2 comeback with a short spin-off, etc., and in the 5th inning, with a short spin-and-side spin, he ran away to 5-2. In the 8th inning, with a 3-bank shot spinning behind him, he was 7-for-3, 4 points ahead, and predicted a win.
Although Kim Bo-mi finished second, she played on an even footing with Throng, the top player in the PBA women’s division. Kim Bo-mi, who shed tears after winning the semi-final the day before, congratulated Throng with a bright smile.
After the game, Kim Byeong-ho said, “I thought about it a lot from 3 years ago, but my hands always sweat when I watch my daughter’s game instead of me.” He added, “It’s unfortunate, but Bomi did a very good job, going to the final after finishing in third place only.”
Throng added meaning by winning the Blue One Resort Championship, this season’s opener, and the final regular season tour. They won four championships in their career and are closely followed by Gayoung Kim (Hana Card) and Jungsuk Lim (Coron Haetae), who are tied for first place (5 times) in most wins. Throng and Lee Mi-rae (TS Shampoo, Pura Chicken) are tied for third place (4 times).
In particular, Throng came out of a long tunnel of lethargy after finishing second in the second game, the Hana Card Championship. In the quarter-finals of this tournament, it was important to win 3-2 after a close match with Kim Ga-young. Expectations rose for the King of Kings in March.
After the game, Throng said, “I’m so happy to win after a year.” “I am grateful to Blue One Resort, PBA officials and colleagues,” he said. “It was good that a friend from Cambodia came to cheer him up for the first time in 10 years, and I will do my best for my country, so please help me a lot.”