Indian ace cueist Pankaj Advani yet again won Asian Billiards Championships title as he defeated his compatriot Bhaskar 6-1 in the final in Yangon on Saturday.
By defending the title, 32-year-old Advani to stay reigning Indian, Asian and world champion in billiards for 2017-18. Along with Advani, India’s Amee Kamani also won the Asian Women’s Snooker title by thumping her opponent Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan of Thailand 3-0.
With this title, Advani took his gold medal tally to 11 at the Asian level of cue sports, while his continental billiards title total has gone up to seven, in addition to the back-to-back Asian Games gold medals in 2006 and 2010, one 6-red snooker title and a snooker team gold.
After retaining the title, Advani said, “This Asian crown is special as it comes just before the Padma Bhushan ceremony (April 2). I got to defend my title from last year plus got to play the final with my sparring partner and dear friend Bhaskar as we bring back both gold and silver to our country and our state Karnataka.”
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