World Championships – 28-Oct-2012

Star Indian cueists Pankaj Advani and Rupesh Shah repeat unprecedented World Billiards feat

World Billiards (timed) prize distribution ceremony

India’s Star cueist Pankaj Advani notched up his seventh World Billiards title defeating Mike Russell representing Qatar in the final of World Billiards Championship 2012 (timed event) here at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds,England.

Playing the five hours match split into two equal sessions, Pankaj scored 1895 points and Russell managed to score only 1216 points before bowing down to Advani.

Pankaj gave a steady start since the match began. He got on the attack with first break of 147 points followed by 298 points to obtain a lead of 450 points. Russell, whose prowess in the game is feared most by one n all, fearlessly replied with a break of 397 narrowing the deficit to just 60 points. It appeared that was the only chance Russell had as after that Pankaj did not allow him to come near and kept producing breaks after break to maintain and enhance his lead. At the end of session one Pankaj was leading by 258 points.

In session 2, Pankaj carried the same rhythm and kept his onslaught scoring breaks of 100+ in almost every visit he played where as Russell could manage only breaks of 243 and 120 during the second session play.

Pankaj Advani with World Billiards trophy

Dedicating the title to his mother, an elated Pankaj said, “I am so pleased to have won my seventh world title. I took a gamble choosing to play the World Championships here in Leeds forgoing the International Championship in Chengdu,Chinaon the Professional Snooker tour and I am glad that the decision paid off.”

“I took a tough call earlier this year to play both Billiards and Snooker at the highest level, and I am glad that I have been able to maintain top form in both the games.”

“This victory like every other shall be treasured yet has its own special meaning given the unique challenges I have faced this year. This win is a testament that if you follow your heart, nothing’s impossible,” Pankaj added.

By winning this title, both the Indian cueists, Rupesh Shah and Pankaj Advani have repeated the unique feat they set in the year 2007 in Singapore where both had won World Championships of point and timed events respectively.

Prior to this Pankaj had also won World Professional Billiards title in the year 2009.