Amit, Manish advance; Ashish exits at Worlds
Ekaterinburg (Russia): Asian champion Amit Panghal (52kg) began his quest for aWorld Championship medal with a resounding win over Chinese Taipei’s Tu Po-Wei in his opening bout here on Saturday. The 23-year-old thrashed his rival 5-0 to move into the pre-quarterfinals of pionships without winning a single round in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Competing in non-Olympic categories, Harpeet Singh (82kg), Sagar (63kg), and Manjeet (55kg) could not even score a single point in their respective bouts. Only Yogesh (72kg) resisted his American rival Raymond Anthony Bunker III before suffering a narrow 5-6 defeat.
Advani enters final of World Billiards:
India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani defeated England’s Mike Russell 5-2 to enter the final of the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay, Myanmar on Saturday. In a clash of the titans, the defending champion Indian prevailed over the multiple time world champion Briton in the semifinal match. Advani, who is vying for his 22nd world title, will face local player Nay Thway Oo in the summit clash in a repeat of last year’s tournament.