Advani claims 14th world title, Bindra bags Asian Meet gold


By Newsgram Staff Writer

f6fe747c42ccbbe6bda7da1623ec1baeIndian ace Pankaj Advani outplayed Peter Gilchrist of Singapore to win the World Billiards Championship at Adelaide on Sunday, while former Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra won the men’s 10 metre air rifle event at the Asian Air Gun Championship on the same day.

On the way to his 14th world title, Advani left the spectators spellbound with his prolific display as he downed his opponent by 1168 points after the match ended after the maximum allotted time of 300 minutes.

Sunday victory also came as sweet revenge for Advani as he had lost the final of the point format championship to Gilchrist last week.

Advani started the match on the front foot by smashing a break of 127 in his opening shot and took the game beyond his opponent in the next two shots by scoring two triple century breaks of 360 and 301.

Advani then posted breaks of 284, 119, 101 and 106 to extend his lead to 1100 points at the halfway mark.

Gilchrist tried to stage a fightback in the second half, but it was enough to trouble the in-form Advani.


At the Asian Air Gun Championship, which is the first international shooting competition to be held in India after a gap of almost five years, the last being the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, Bindra shot 208.8 points to clinch the gold while compatriots Gagan Narang and Chain Singh finished fourth and sixth respectively at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

All the three shooters have already secured quota places for next year’s Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Apurvi Chandela will be seen in action in the women’s 10m air rifle event on Monday. The Commonwealth medallist has also booked her place at the Rio Olympics.

(With inputs from IANS)