IBSF World Billiards Ch’ship: Pankaj Advani clinches record 22nd world title

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Mandalay: Pankaj Advani, on Sunday, bagged a record 22nd world title by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship.

One of India’s most consistent sportspersons, Advani, increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format.

The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.

In a repeat of last year’s final against local favourite Nay Thway Oo, Pankaj re-enacted the one-sided match with the same eventual outcome as well as identical scorelines of 6-2.

Oo was completely subdued by his accomplished opponent and had to settle for a silver medal for the second time in a row.

With another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.

The Bengaluru-based cueist has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.

Calling his achievement “extremely special”, Advani said, “It’s such a touch-and-go format and so unpredictable that winning this four years on the trot and five out of the last six is extremely special.”

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