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Advani beats Shandilya in final as India win Gold, Silver

Written by: Staff

Doha, Dec 5 (UNI) Former world champion Pankaj Adavani outscored compatriot Ashok Shandilya 3-1 as Indian cueists potted both the Gold and Silver medals in English Billiards at the 15th Asian Games here today.

Shandilya and Advani today dazzled on the green baize and recorded fluent wins over Peter Ghilchrist and San Oo Aung respectively to make it an all-Indian final where the Bangalore youngster had the final laugh.

Shandilya wrested the early initiative by pocketing the first frame 101-76. That worked as a wake up call for his younger compatriot who hit back with vengeance and won the next three frames to walk away with the Gold.

After bagging the second frame 101-40, Advani blanked his rival 100-0 in the third and then sealed the issue by claiming the fifth frame 100-32.

In the men's snooker section, the Indian team of Aditya Mehta, Yasin Merchant and Rupesh Shah got walk over from Singapore and moved into the pre-quarter finals.

In the English Billiards, played according to point format, Shandilya had blanked former world champion Gilchrist represented Singapore in this Games.

Gilchrist, originally from England, has settled down in Singapore and was considered a potential threat to the Indian. But he was totally off-colour today and Shandilya had no difficulty in beating him in straight frames.

The 38-year-old Gilchrist put up a spirited fight in the first frame but after losing that 80-100, he virtually threw in the towel.

Shandilya was in his elements as he cued perfectly and won the next two frames 101-33, 100-22 to reduce the semifinal to a virtual no contest.

On the other hand, Advani lost the opening frame to Mayanmar's Aung but then rallied superbly to send his rival packing.

The Indian champion lost the first frame narrowly by margin of five points (95-100) but then displayed a fluent game on the green baize in the next three frames to leave Aung bewildered.

The Bangalore-based cueist won the next three frames with utmost ease 100-19, 100-20, 100-3 to ensure that title clash will be an all-India affair.


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