India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani won a record 22nd IBSF World Billiards Championship in Myanmar on 15th September. This is his fifth title in the past six years in the shorter format of the game.
He defeated the local favourite Nay Thway Oo 6-2 in a repeat of last year’s final, winning his fourth consecutive final in the 150-up format of the game.
With this win, Advani has won more titles in this sport than anyone else in the world, making him the greatest cueist of all time!
Post his win, Advani said, “Every time I participate in a world championship, one thing is clear – my motivation to excel has not diminished. This win a testament to the fact that my hunger and fire are both well and truly alive.”
He took to social media to share his delight with his fans.
2019 World Billiards Champion (150 up) 🏆❤️😀💪🏼🥇 What. An. Incredible. Feeling. pic.twitter.com/MPQLSzsfnb
— Pankaj Advani (@PankajAdvani247) September 15, 2019
One of the most consistent sportspersons in the world, Advani has been honoured by the Indian government. He has been awarded the highest sporting honour – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006 and the third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan in 2018.
On winning this record IBSF World Billiards Championship, he was congratulated by eminent people including Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who tweeted that Pankaj’s “tenacity is admirable.”
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 15, 2019
A big congratulations to this champion from Team Newsum!0