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Aditya wins Asian Snooker Championship

April 29, 2012 16:16 IST

Aditya Mehta stunned fancied compatriot Pankaj Advani to become only the third Indian ever to clinch the Asian Snooker Championships in Doha.

In his third appearance at the event, Aditya started off a bit nervous but won a crucial second frame with a 49 clearance after being 40 down.

Pankaj struck back by taking the lead 3-2 but soon after, Aditya levelled it 3-3 and took the lead 6-3 with a break of 60 in the ninth frame. Aditya eventually sealed the match 7-5.

Aditya is the third Indian to lift the Asian Snooker Title and gets the championship trophy home after an eight year long wait.

"I feel extremely thrilled about winning the gold. After my earlier attempts where I won 2 silvers, I was determined to get the Gold this year which is why it means much more to me," Aditya said.

"It gives me immense pleasure to know that I am the third Indian to have won such a prestigious title."

Pankaj won the silver followed by Hossein Vafaei from Iran. Over 40 players representing 15 countries battled for the coveted crown.

Aditya will next play at the Hindustan Club National Invitation Snooker Championship at Kolkata from May 4 to 9.

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