Fifteen-time world champion and India’s first World 6-Red snooker champion, Pankaj Advani on Monday won Bronze Medal in the IBSF World Snooker Championship. The defending champion lost 2-7 in the semifinals. He has won the championship twice and is the only other Indian after Omprakesh Agarwal to win the Snooker World Championship.
Advani defeated Thailand’s Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 6-5 in an exciting quarterfinal duel to guarantee India a medal in the men’s tournament
Since its first edition in 1963 at Kolkata, 2016 saw the 42nd edition held at Qatar from 19 November to 29 November 2016. Indians have won thrice with defending champion Pankaj Advani winning in 2003 and 2015. He finished Runners up in 2010. Omprakaesh Agarwal was India’s first World Snooker Champion when he won in 1984 defeating then defending champion Tery Parsons.
In 2016, 3rd seed Pankaj Advani was placed in Group A with 5 players where he topped the group defeating all.
Advani’s Road to semifinals from Knockouts
Round 2: Def Sean Corkish (Isle of Man) 4-0
Round 3: Def B Masih (Pakistan) 5-3
Round 4: Def Keen H.M. (Malaysia) 5-3
Quarters: Def T Tirapongpaiboon (Thailand) 6-5
Semis: Lost to Andrew Pagett (Wales) 2-7
Result for Other Indians
L Vatnani: 23rd seed topped Group D with 3 wins and reached Round 4
M Chandra: 21st seed topped Group D with 3 wins and reached Round 4
Sundeep Gulati: Unseeded finished last in Group J winning 1, losing