A Summer High Point : Indian Cueist Pankaj Advani Records Historic Win

This summer, there was no stopping Pankaj Advani. The Indian cueist created history by becoming the first player in the world to win world titles in the long and shorter formats of both billiards and snooker by pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt…


indian-cueist-pankaj-adwaniIn pocketing the IBSF World 6-Red snooker Championship this summer, at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, India’s poster boy of cue sports, defeated Kacper Flilpiak of Poland in the final that lasted barely an hour to win his maiden 6-Red world title and ninth overall. Advani had already won seven world titles in billiards and one in snooker. He started with billiards and won his first world title when he was just 18. He took up snooker much later in his career, but was able to establish his dominance there too very quickly.
He is the only person in the history of the game to have won both the billiards and snooker IBSF World Titles as well as the World Professional Billiards Championship. He was also the first person ever to win a ‘Grand Double’ (both the points and time formats in the same year) at the IBSF World Billiards Championships 2005 in Malta. He repeated the feat at the 2008 Championships held in Bangalore, India.
The youngster remained the only person to have won all five billiards tournaments in a season, an accomplishment he achieved by winning the Junior National Championship, Senior National Championship, Asian Billiards Championship, World Billiards Championship (Point Format) and World Billiards Championship (Time Format). This victory makes Advani the winner of highest number of world titles by any Indian cueist in the Open (Men’s) category.
“This is a dream come true for me,” an elated Advani reacted after wining the title. “I actually wasn’t expecting anything from this championship. For the last two months, I’ve been playing quite a bit of billiards, so to come into a world snooker championship and win it is simply unreal,” he stated. In spite of achieving so much so soon, Advani still stayed focused. “I’m only 28 and I have a lot more billiards and snooker in me. At this point, I’m just thrilled to be able to play quality snooker,” he said.
The winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest award in Indian sports, in 2006, Advani feels there’s still room for improvement in his game. “The challenge is to make the next level,” he said. In spite of winning everything in the sport, he still feels nervous and anxious before a tournament. Advani made a strong start with two 30 breaks. He went up 2-0 before the Pole clawed one back and put Advani in a spot of bother as he raced to a lead of 32 points. However, using his billiards prowess and knowledge, the Bangalorean placed two snookers to gain nine points from his opponent in fouls before completing the frame with a brilliant clearance to kill any hopes of the Pole to level the match. From 3-1 up, it was Advani all the way. The last three frames were one-visit affairs, leaving his opponent helpless and the audience mesmerised as claimed the title 6-1.

– boxscorenews


TITLES

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2014
World 6-Red Snooker Championship – Gold (a world record of winning world titles in both billiards and snooker in all formats)
World Team Billiards Championship – Gold (highest number of world titles by any
Indian sportsperson)
2012
World Billiards Championship (a record 8 world titles for a 27-year old)
Asian Billiards Championship (a record 5 times)
2010
Asian Games Gold Medallist — English Billiards Singles (first Gold Medal for India)
Asian Billiards Championship
2009
World Professional Billiards Championship[24]
Asian Billiards Championship
2008
IBSF World Billiards Championship (both formats — timed and points) (repeated 2005 achievement and first ever again to win 2 twin formats)
Asian Billiards Championship
2006
Asian Games Gold Medallist — English Billiards singles
2005
IBSF World Billiards Championship (both formats — timed and points) (first person to ever achieve this)
Asian Billiards Championship
India Billiards Championship
India Junior Snooker Championship
India Junior Billiards Championship
WSA Challenge Tour
2004
WSA Challenge Tour
2003
IBSF World Snooker Championship
Indian Junior Billiards Championship
Indian Junior Snooker Championship
2001
Indian Junior Billiards Championship
2000
Indian Junior Billiards Championship
1999
Pot Shot All India Triangular Championship
Pot Shot non-medallist Championship
1998
Karnataka State Junior Snooker
Championship
1997
27th BS Sampath Memorial Handicap Snooker Championship
T.A. Selvaraj Memorial Billiards Championship
Karnataka Stage Junior Snooker Championship
Awards and honors[edit]
Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, 2009 [25]
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour, 2005-06 [26]
Rajyotsava Award, Karnataka’s highest civilian award, 2007.[27]
Karnataka’s ‘Kempegowda Award” in 2007.
Ekalavya Award in 2007
Vision of India’s “International Indian” Award in 2005.
Senior Sportsperson of the Year 2005
The Sports Writers’ Association of Bangalore
The Bangalore University Sportsperson of the Year, 2005
The Hero India Sports Award (HISA) in 2004
The Rajeev Gandhi Award in 2004
The Arjuna Award in 2004
The Indo-American Young Achiever’s Award – 2003
The Sports Star Sportsperson of the Year 2003.
-wikipedia


World Billiards Championship : PANKAJ ADVANI SCORES GRAND DOUBLE

Earlier, the 29-year-old Advani held his nerve to edge past last year’s runner-up David Causier of England in the semi-finals by a mere five points, winning 1180-1175…

Pankaj Advani completed a clean sweep of the 150-up and Timed formats titles after trouncing England’s Robert Hall 1928-893 in the final of the World Billiards Championship in Leeds, UK. The ace Indian cueist, who clinched the 150-up short format crown earlier, beating Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist in the final, was always in command as he registered breaks of 63, 185, 85, 92, 123, 94, 182, 289, 145, 94, 93, 59, 58, 62, 90 on his visits to the table in the Timed format final.
Hall, who was appearing in his first World Championship final, could only watch the accuracy of Advani’s potting. Breaks of 89, 64, 64, 86, 92, 64 were the best he could come up with. At the end of the first session of 150 minutes, Advani led by 261 points (746-485). “It’s always great to win outside home. I just can’t describe my emotions now
because it has been crazy here. I have also worked really hard to win some of the major tournaments this year,” said Advani after the
triumph. Earlier in the day, the 29-year-old Advani held his nerve to edge past last year’s runner-up David Causier of England in the
semi-finals by a mere five points, winning 1180-1175.
-rediff

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