Historic title win for ONGCian Pankaj Advani
Indian cueist ONGCian Pankaj Advani created history on June 29th, 2014 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 in Egypt.
Advani 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, who has won 7 world titles in billiards and 1 in snooker, added a new kind of world title to his overflowing cabinet of trophies. He won both World snooker titles on debut - the IBSF World Snooker Championship, China and this one, the IBSF 6-Red World Snooker Championship, Egypt.
This win takes Advani to the highest-ever tally of world titles by any Indian cueist in the Open (Men’s) category.
“This is a dream. 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,” an elated Advani said.
Source: Hindustan Times (Sports)