Tarun Reflex

September 5, 2008

India’s Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Championship

Bangalore, Sept 05: India’s Pankaj Advani won the 42nd IBSF World Billiards Championship, defeating veteran Geet Sethi in an enthralling final.

The 23-year-old Bangalorean delighted the home crowd at Karnataka State Billiards Association Hall with a superlative display, winning 150-90, 151-0, 150-24, 150-0, 86-150, 150-72, 150-12.

After a below-par semifinal outing yesterday, Advani played with far more focus and swept the first four games in the morning session to gain a position of strength.

Though the veteran Sethi, with eight world billiards titles under his belt, won the first game in the next session, he could not get the momentum going, with his younger opponent dominating proceedings.

Advani said the “bad” semifinal had spurred him to come out with improved performance and it paid off.

“In sport, every day is a new day”, he said after the match which promised to be an “epic” encounter before the start but turned out to be one-sided in the end.

He said every day throws up new challenges and it’s different from the previous day.

Sethi said inclusion of billiards in the Asian Games inspired him to continue playing the game and expressed hope that it would figure in the Olympics as well. “I am still going strong, I still enjoy the game”, he added.

Meanwhile, the time format of the ONGC IBSF World Billiards Championship gets underway here from tomorrow, with the final slated on September 10.

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