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Recently crowned China Open champion Albin Ouschan has quickly realised yet another career ambition, after becoming the new World Number 1 in the updated WPA Men's ranking list.

The Austrian, who took that maiden major title at the start of July, replaces Carlo Biado of the Philippines in top spot.

It is reward for Ouschan's consistency over the last couple of years, which includes a silver medal finish at the 2014 World 9 Ball Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Great Britain's Darren Appleton moves up to 2nd, aided by his exploits of winning the Chinese 8 Ball World Title earlier in 2015. 

Biado slips down to 4th, behind Taiwan's Ko Pin Yi, the man he lost to in the final of this year's World 10 Ball Championship.

You can see the full list on the World Pool Association website through this link here.

Albin also looks very likely to qualify for the European Mosconi Cup team for the first time. 

He currently leads the 'World Events' and 'Combined list', two avenues of which he could get into the 5 man team come December in Las Vegas.

Albin's newest achievement also means a unique double for the Ouschan family, after his famous sister Jasmine being a former Women's World Number 1.

Written by Michael Day, published on the 22nd July 2015​