The ace cueist Pankaj Advani, 30, has recently won the IBSF World Snooker Championship after defeating his Chinese opponent Zhua Xintong in the final at Hurghada (Egypt). The victory for Bengaluru's 'Golden Boy' comes just after he clinched the IBSF Billiards crown in September, 2015.
India’s poster of cuesport, Advani beat his 18-year-old, the Chinese teenage sensation 8-6 in the best-of-15 final at Sunrise Crystal Bay resort in Hurghada, Egypt. Earlier, Advani had started the match by capturing the first two frames with breaks of 106 and 56 in the first and the second respectively against the 18-year-old Chinese cueist. He had entered the finals of the tournament after defeating Alex Borgof Malta 6-0.
This IBSF World Snooker Championship win has taken the ace cueist's world title count to 15. He also becomes the first person in history of the game to take the short (6-Red) and the long snooker format in the same calendar year.
Pankaj Arjan Advani, nicknamed as the Prince of India, the Golden Boy has been recognized well for his achievements, by the Government of India, which has bestowed several awards upon him, including the Arjuna Award in 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2006, and Padma Shri in 2009.