Pankaj Ad­vani en­ters semis to con­firm medal

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Bri­tain’s Mo Farah says he could com­pete in the marathon at the 2020 Olympics if he feels con­fi­dent of win­ning a medal.

Farah re­tired from the track in Au­gust to fo­cus on road rac­ing and has been coy about his Olympic fu­ture. He pre­vi­ously hinted he might not race for Bri­tain again, but Farah hasn’t com­pletely ruled out the op­por­tu­nity of go­ing for gold in Tokyo.

Speak­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing his knight­hood from the Queen at Buck­ing­ham Palace, the four­time Olympic cham­pion said: “If I’m ca­pa­ble of get­ting a medal or close to a medal (in Tokyo), you will see me.”

Re­cently-crowned 17time world cham­pion Pankaj Ad­vani over­came Sin­ga­pore’s Peter Gilchrist in the quar­ter­fi­nals of the long-up for­mat of the IBSF World Bil­liards Cham­pi­onship 2017 here yes­ter­day.

Pankaj se­cured the semi-fi­nal berth and a medal for In­dia with the help of a 391 break, high­est of the tour­na­ment so far, to beat Gilchrist 1000-791. His op­po­nent in to­mor­row’s semis, English­man Mike Rus­sell, wrapped up pro­ceed­ings in his Last-8 con­test rapidly, over­pow­er­ing his Myan­mar op­po­nent Aung Htay 1000-175. Rus­sell too had a big break of 344 to reach the re­quired 1000-mark and ad­vance to the next round. In the other quar­ter-fi­nals, Sourav Kothari bat­tles it out with England’s Robert Hall while Dhruv Sit­wala takes on Nay Th­way Oo of Myan­mar. The win­ner of th­ese two matches go against each other to­day.

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Bri­tish ath­lete Mo Farah with his wife Ta­nia af­ter he was knighted at the Buck­ing­ham Palace in Lon­don yes­ter­day.

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