SEA Games: 14 years later, Amit grateful to win gold in Manila

Paul Lintag on Dec 08, 2019 09:42 PM
14 years later, Amit grateful to win gold in Manila again
And as she gets up there in age, the now 38-year-old Amit wanted one more shot to win a SEA Games gold medal in her home country. She got it Sunday. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — Rubilen Amit is one of the most decorated pool players the Philippines has ever seen, both men and women.

And as she gets up there in age, the now 38-year-old Amit wanted one more shot to win a SEA Games gold medal in her home country.

Rubilen got denied Saturday, as rising star Chezka Centeno dominated her in her specialty of 10-ball singles. In a 9-ball rematch Sunday, odds were not exactly at Amit’s favor.

It was the third straight time Amit faced Chezka in the SEA Games final for 9-ball. Centeno won the previous two.

However, this final seemed destined for Amit as she overcame an early 1-3 advantage to stop Centeno in 10 racks to win gold.

“I’m ver grateful na nanalo ako for this 9-ball,” Amit said.

“This might be my last SEA Games in the Philippines. Kasi if it’s another 14 years, I don’t know if I’m still playing. I’m already 38,” Rubilen added as she won her first pair SEA Games gold in 2005, the last time Manila hosted the biennial meet.

The win also feels special for Amit as she does not know if she can pocket another win against Centeno, who she calls as the present and future of Philippine Billiards.

“I always tell her na galing na galing ako sa kanya,” Amit said of Centeno.

“If bumalik ako sa 20, I think she’s 20 now... if bumalik ako sa pagiging 20 and yung 20 niya, wala akong panalo sa kanya. For sure, maraming world championships yang batang yan,” Rubilen added of Chezka.


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