Pankaj Advani settles for bronze at World Billiards C’ship

The 17-time world champion lost to Mike Russell in the semifinals.

Pankaj Advani will next participate in the World Snooker Championship.   -  K. Murali Kumar

India’s Pankaj Advani settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship after losing to English opponent Mike Russell in the semifinals here.

Russell reached the desired 1250 mark ahead of Advani.

After a strong start by Advani, Russell rose to the occasion and fired in breaks of 551, the highest of the tournament so far, along with a 447 to race to the final where he awaits the winner of Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo and England’s Robert Hall.

Earlier in the quarterfinals, Indians Dhruv Sitwala and Sourav Kothari crashed out of the tournament, leaving Advani as the sole medal winner in this format of the Championship.

After a memorable outing in the World Billiards with a gold and bronze, Advani now has a day to switch from the 3-ball game to snooker for the World Snooker Championship commencing on Thursday.

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