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Cueist Aditya, Advani hog limelight in 2012

Pankaj Advani became the youngest Indian sportsperson to win eight world titles while Aditya Mehta was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award as Indian cueists rounded off a successful year with quite a few titles coming their way at the international level. Advani, the ‘smiling assassin’ of Indian cuesport, hogged the limelight when he claimed his seventh World Billiards Championship title after defeating defending champion and seasoned Englishman Mike Russell in the Time format final.His other world title had come in the IBSF World snookerChampionship back in 2003. The win was all the more special for the 27-year-old cueist as he had made the tough choice of picking the World Billiards Championship over International Snooker Championships due to a clash in the dates of the two tournaments.Advani became the first Indian to have qualified for the world’s richest pro-snooker tournament International Championships which was held in October this year in China but missed out on the tournament due to the World Billiards. ‘I took a tough decision earlier this year to play both Billiards and Snooker at the highest level, and I am glad that I have been able to maintain top form in both the forms. This victory like every other shall be treasured,’ said Advani.
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