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Jin Long (simplified Chinese: 金龙; traditional Chinese: 金龍; born 23 May 1981) is a Chinese former professional snooker player. He is nicknamed "Golden Dragon", which is a translation of his given name.

Jin Long
Born (1981-05-23) 23 May 1981 (age 38)[1]
Jinzhou, Liaoning, China
Sport country China
NicknameGolden Dragon
Professional2002/2003, 2004–2006, 2008–2010, 2013/2014
Highest ranking60 (2009/10)
Career winnings£52,800
Highest break125:
2009 Masters Qualifying Event
2013 Yixing Open
Century breaks15
Best ranking finishLast 16 (2012 World Open)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

CareerEdit

He became professional in 2001 following his strong runs to the finals of the Asian and Chinese Championships. His first Main Tour stints were rather unsuccessful, with the best result a last 48 appearance at the 2004 Grand Prix. Jin has managed to regain a Main Tour place by winning the 2008 Asian Championship, beating Aditya Mehta 7–3 in the final, having had spells on the tour on three previous occasions. He has been a regular wildcard in the China Open and he also competed in the 2008 Jiangsu Classic finishing above top players such as Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson in his group, eventually finishing third.[2]

2011/2012 seasonEdit

Jin recorded the best ranking event finish of his career to date at the 2012 World Open, where he reached the last 16. He was selected to play in the wildcard round, where he beat Sam Baird 5–3 to qualify for the last 32 and a match up with compatriot Ding Junhui. Jin capitalised on his opponent's mistakes and won the match 5–1, but couldn't continue his run in the tournament in the next round as he lost 5–2 to Robert Milkins.[3][4] Long won his first event in the Invitational HK Spring Trophy. This event was organised by the same event organisers as the General Cup. Long beat Li Hang in the final.

2012/2013 seasonEdit

Jin played in the wildcard round of the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai Masters this season, losing 5–3 to Jamie Burnett in the former. In Shanghai he saw off Jimmy Robertson 5–4, before Graeme Dott beat him 5–2 in the first round.[5] He played in all three of the new Asian Tour events with his best finish coming at the Second Event where he was knocked out 4–2 in the quarter-finals by Cao Yupeng.[5] This result was a major factor in him finishing 13th on the Order of Merit, high enough to receive a place on the main tour for the next two seasons.[6]

2013/2014 seasonEdit

Despite being able to enter qualifying for every ranking event in the 2013/2014 season, Jin only played in the four Asian Tour events.[7] He was beaten in the last 64 once and in the last 32 three times to finish 30th on the Order of Merit and 116th in the snooker world rankings.[8][9] For the 2014/15 season, he didn't renew his WPBSA membership and was therefore no longer on the World Snooker Tour.[10]

2014/2015 seasonEdit

Jin played in two events during the 2014/2015 season, losing 4–0 to Ian Burns the opening round of the Haining Open and defeating Wang Heng 4–3 at the Xuzhou Open, before losing 4–2 to Mark King in the second round.[11]

2015/2016 seasonEdit

Jin only played in the Haining Open and lost 4–2 to James Cahill in the first round.[12]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[13][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 3] 93 [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 60 [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Not Held Non-Ranking WR A A
Shanghai Masters Not Held WR LQ LQ 1R WR 1R WD A
UK Championship A LQ A LQ LQ A A LQ LQ A A A A A
Welsh Open A LQ A LQ WD A A LQ LQ A A A A A
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 5] Non Held A A DNQ DNQ DNQ
China Open A Not Held WR WD WR WR LQ LQ WR WR A A A
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A LQ LQ A A A A A
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters LQ LQ LQ A A A A LQ A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Scottish Open[nb 6] A LQ A Not Held MR Not Held
British Open A LQ A LQ Not Held
Irish Masters A LQ A LQ NH NR Not Held
Malta Cup[nb 7] A LQ A LQ LQ A NR Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy Not Held NR A A LQ Not Held
Bahrain Championship Not Held LQ Not Held
World Open[nb 8] A LQ A 1R LQ A A LQ LQ A 2R A A NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Masters Qualifying Event[nb 9] LQ LQ LQ NH A A A QF A Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Not Held RR RR A A Ranking Event
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not held means an event was not held.
MR / Minor-ranking event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
NR / Non-ranking event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking event means an event is/was now a ranking event
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h He was an amateur.
  3. ^ a b c d New players don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ a b The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  6. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. ^ The event was called the European Open (2001/2002–2003/2004)
  8. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)
  9. ^ The event was called the Benson and Hedges Championship (2001/2002–2002/2003)

Career finalsEdit

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2005 HK Spring Trophy

Pro-am finals: 1 (1 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2009 Asian Indoor Games   Nader Khan Sultani 4–0

Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2005 ACBS Asian Championship   Cai Jianzhong 6–4
Winner 2. 2008 ACBS Asian Championship (2)   Aditya Mehta 7–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jin Long Official WPBSA player profile". WorldSnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 2007–2010 [copyright date]. "Player List" section. Archived from the original on 10 May 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help); Check date values in: |year= (help)CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ "Top Snooker: 2008 Jiangsu Classic Information & Draw". Archived from the original on 9 December 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Qualifier Jin crushes sluggish Ding in Haikou". China.org.cn. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Higgins whitewashes Cope". Eurosport. 1 March 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Jin Long 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Asian Order of Merit after APTC3" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Jin Long 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Asian Order of Merit 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  9. ^ "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Updated World Rankings". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 1 July 2014. Archived from the original on 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Jin Long 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Jin Long 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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