billiard beak-world record set by Peter Gilchrist
[Oct 7] HAMILTON,New Zealand--English-born Singaporean billiards
master Peter Gilchrist has set a new world record break in Hamilton.
On the first day of the New Zealand Open Billiards
Championships at the Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club yesterday, he shot
a break of 1346, easily surpassing the previous world record of
MARK TAYLOR/Waikato Times
He also set a second world record in that in only
making fourvisits to the table for an average break of 426, he eclipsed
the previous best "average visit" of 243.
Gilchrist was elated with the break as his previous
highest was 917. "I was a bit worried when I was getting close to
the 1,000 mark but relaxed after passing it," said the cueist, who
managed a break of 887 the day before.
Former world champion Sethi praised Gilchrist for the
new record. "It is fantastic to know about Peter's 1346 with an
average of 426 per visit. Though every break is with remarkable
effort, it's special as no one has managed to touch the 1000 mark
in last 15 years," he said.
A large crowd was spellbound by the mastery shown by
Gilchrist, who was World Professional Billiards Champion in 1994
and 2001, but now works as coach for the Singapore Snooker and Billiards
His previous highest break was 917. He said that
he was a bit worried getting close to 1000 but relaxed after he
had passed the mark.
"This guy was a class above anyone seen in New Zealand
before," said Ron Hunt, chairman of Hamilton Workingmen's Club billiards
and snooker section.
"He was miles ahead of anyone. Most people really appreciated
the opportunity to see him in action."