Pankaj Advani bags 22nd World Championship title; PM congratulates

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Pankaj Advani for clinching his 22nd world title and said the ace cueist’s “tenacity is admirable”.

Advani defeated local favourite Nay Thway Oo 6-2 to win a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar on Sunday.

“Congratulations @PankajAdvani247! The entire nation is proud of your accomplishments. Your tenacity is admirable. Best wishes for your future endeavours,” Modi tweeted.

The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014.

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In the short format of billiards, this is Advani’s fifth title in the last six years.

With another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.