Fresh off historic 9-ball World Games win, inspired Biado eyeing SEA Games gold

Fresh off World Games win, Biado eyeing SEA Games gold
Carlo Biado (middle) pocketed the Philippines’ first gold medal from the World Games. (Photo courtesy of Dyan Castillejo via Twitter @DYANCASTILLEJO)

After conquering the 9-ball men’s pool division in the World Games, Carlo Biado came back from Poland wearing his gold medal.

The medal, the Philippines’ first in the history of the quadrennial event, is a massive source of inspiration for Biado.

After topping Great Britain’s Jayson Shaw, 11-7 in the finals last week, the hardware Biado so proudly touts is the product of his hard work.

“Nerbiyos ako sa semis, pressured ako,” Biado told ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo in an interview, retelling his masterful 11-7 victory over Oi Naoyuki of Japan in the semifinal, for the right to advance.

“‘Sabi ko kaya ko [ito]’, inisip ko mag-relax [lang] ako, makakatuntong ako sa finals.”

And so he did.

His coach Rodolfo Luat, on the other hand, always knew what Biado was capable of.

“Sabi ko lang sa kanya ‘tiyaga lang’, [tapos] nung pumasok siya sa semis alam ko na kaya niya,” the mentor said.

Now, back in the Philippines for the final stretch of preparations before another a tour of duty for flag and country, Biado has another source of strength, one that’s closer to home.

“Inspirasyon ko talaga baby ko,” he bared. “Iniisip ko sila, [‘yung] pamilya ko. Kapag nag [Facebook] messenger kami, sumisigla ako.”

An inspired Biado will be looking for his second consecutive Gold in next month’s Southeast Asian Games, where he’ll lead the 11-person billiards team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this month. 

Also part of the team is 18-year-old Cheska Centeno, who fell short in the bronze playoff at the World Games.

Even with his latest victory, Biado knows the SEA Games is a whole different beast. 

“Kahit nanalo, hindi ako pwede maging kumpiyansa. Lahat ng player ngayon magaling,” he said.

 

With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News. 

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