Billiards World Title 2012
India`s Pankaj Advani won his seventh World billiards title when he outclassed defending champion Mike Russell 1,895-1,216 in the final on Sunday. Leading 872-614 at the half-way mark in the five-hour match, the 27-year old Advani displayed greater consistency than Russell to repeat his 2009 victory against the 43-year-old Qatar-based Englishman, winner of 10 titles himself. Advani`s triumph completed a fine outing for the Indians as on Saturday, Rupesh Shah won the title in the 150-up points format defeating Australia`s Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final. The 27-year old Bangalore-based Advani had chosen to play in the World Billiards ahead of the Professional Snooker circuit having qualified for a World Snooker ranking event in China. Russell, who won the first his 10 World titles in 1989, was never quite in the match though he marked his presence in the early stages when he posted a break of 397 after Advani had jumped to a 400-point lead following a run of 298. In the final hour, Russell all but threw in the towel as Advani extended his advantage on a couple of century breaks to snuff out the challenge. The Bangalore-based Advani, besides winning the IBSF World snooker crown in 2003, subsequently annexed the World billiards titles in 2005,2008,2009 and now in 2012.