TWO-time world women’s pool champion Rubilen Amit is not thinking payback or redemption for now, focusing instead on a 1-2 finish for the Philippines in women’s 9-ball in the Southeast Asian Games.
Silver medalist behind Chezka Centeno in the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, Amit said the team’s goal is to have both of them back in the final of 9-ball, the only women’s pool event in Kuala Lumpur.
"'Yun ang goal namin is to see each other in the finals," said the 35-year-old Amit, gold medalist in the 2005, 2009 and 2013 SEA Games.
"At least, ma-secure na natin 'yung gold and silver."
The billiards and snooker team will leave for Kuala Lumpur on August 20 in high spirits following the gold-medal winning performance of Carlo Biado in the men' 9-ball tournament of the World Games where Centeno placed fourth in women's play.
Biado plays in the men’s 9-ball singles in the Kuala Lumpur SEAG.
"For sure, confidence booster 'yun kay Carlo hindi lang sa kanya, pati sa amin as well going into the SEA Games. Parang pakiramdam namin, lahat kami nag-gold. We are riding on that, 'yung kumpiyansa na 'yun, dadalhin namin sa SEA Games," said Amit.
Johann Chua is also entered in the 9-ball singles, while Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcollo team up for the 9-ball doubles.
"I'm very confident with our campaign for the 2017 SEA Games. Then again, siyempre kailangan ng konting suwerte. Hopefully, luck will side on us na mabigyan kami ng magandang opportunity at makauwi ng gintong medalya," Amit added.