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Sethi wins world pro billiards

June 03, 2006 17:48 IST

Billiards ace Geet Sethi regained the World Professional title in the three-ball game after seven years in Wales, the United Kingdom, defeating England's Lee Lagan by over 1000 points in the five-hour final.

Sethi regained the world crown he lost in 1998, besides pocketing the winner's purse of 5,000 pounds sterling by winning his fifth professional world title after having won it four times in the 1990s.

The Ahmedabad-based Sethi, who lost in the quarter-finals in the previous edition of the event, had beaten last year's champion Chris Shutt of England in the semis by over 400 points, according to information available.

Lagan had got past another Indian cuiest, Ashok Shandilya, a gold medallist in the last Busan Asian Games, in the semi-fnals after the latter had ousted compatriot and national champion Devendra Joshi in the quarter-finals by 100 points.

In addition to the five world pro titles, Sethi has also won three International Billiards and Snooker

Federation-organised World championships, the last one being in 2001.

Sethi is now slated to play in the World Team Snooker championship in the US in August for India seniors along with B V S Murthy and S S Salim.

The Indian men's team in the event would comprise Manan Chandra, Pankaj Advani, Yasin Merchant and Sarang Shroff while the women's team includes Anuja Thakur, Vidya Pillai, Ashwini

Puranik and Heena Khandelwal.

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