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Star In The Making

 Luke Brecal & Jimmy White

Luca Brecel became the youngest ever winner of the European Championship by beating Roy Stolk 7-4 in the final in Bucharest.

The 15-year-old Belgian prodigy added the senior crown to the European Under-19 title he won last year, and bolstered his reputation as one of the most promising teenagers in snooker.

Brecel, pictured receiving the trophy from Jimmy White, is a year too young to play on the World Snooker Tour as a professional, but looks certain to make an impact on the main circuit in seasons to come.

Holland's Stolk opened a 3-1 lead in the final with runs of 39, 36 and 71, before Brecel took control. A superb 120 break closed the deficit and he took the next on the black with a 34 clearance to level the score.

Brecel added the next two frames and when he compiled a 64 in tenth frame he stood just one from victory. Stolk edged the next on the black to make it 6-4, but his young opponent got the better of the next frame to clinch victory.

Luca Brecel 7-4 Roy Stolk
70(30)-43, 28-86(39), 38-64(36), 18-71(71), 124(120)-1, 69(34)-68, 73(38)-33, 83-22, 64(64)-76, 62(35)-1 

7th June 2010, 12:50
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