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Billiards - 16. July 2008.

BBC Lancashire Web Producer Lynette Horsburgh is on top of the world.

Petite Lynette, only just over 5ft in high heels and thick socks, won the televised Foster’s World 8-ball Pool Championship in a hard-fought final in her home town of Blackpool, England.

photos Andy Torkington

The world championships attract players from throughout Europe and from as far away as South Africa and Australia and Lynette had some tough matches, especially her semi-final against reigning champion and eight-times winner Sue Thompson. She came from 2-1 behind and rattled off six dishes in succession to win 7-2. “She was awesome," said Sue who cheered her on in the final. She said: "If I had to lose my title to anyone it would be to Lynette."

Scottish international Lynette, who is based at Blackburn with BBC Lancashire, beat current World Cup Champion Barbara Taylor 8-6 in the final after trailing 2-0. Fans call her “Wee One” and “Spinny” and “The Ice Maiden” as she is so super cool, but she admitted to a few early nerves in the final at the Imperial Hotel.


“I’m really thrilled,” said Lynette, 34, whose partner Karl Boyes is a former 8 Ball World Cup Champion now a leading American Pool player. Boyes - who reached the semi-finals of this year's World 9-ball Pool Championship in the Philippines - arrived home from playing in Spain just in time to watch her victory.

She started playing snooker as an 11-year-old and has a highest break of 135. She was ranked world number 1 in Ladies Snooker when she took up 8-ball pool in earnest only five years ago.

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