- Geet Sethi
Sethi(born April 17, 1961)Cite web
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Indiais a semi-professional player of English billiardswho dominated the sport throughout much of the 1990s, and a notable amateur snookerplayer. He is a six-time winner of the professional-level and a three-time winner of the amateur World Championships, and holder of two world records, in English billiards.Cite web
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New Delhiand growing up in Ahmedabad, Sethi won his first major English billiards event in 1982, the Indian National Billiards Championship (an international event despite its name), defeating Michael Ferreira, and later went on to win the NBC again four years in a row, 1985–1988, and made a comeback in both 1997 and 1998 to reclaim the title.Cite web
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He rose to international prominence by winning the
IBSF World Amateur Billiards Championships in 1985, versus Bob Marshall in an eight-hour-long final round. In 1987, he again won the IBSF event, as well as the Asian Billiards ChampionshipClarifyme|date=March 2008 He won another World Amateur Billiards title 2001, despite having previously played as a pro by that date.
Sethi also took the Indian National Snooker Championships four times back to back, in the same 1985–1988 span as his national English billiards streak. In the 1989 event, held at
Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, though he did not take the title, he did achieve the world's first amateur maximum break of 147 in official competition."Guinness Book of World Records"Clarifyme|date=March 2008 ] (Unfortunately there is no footage of the accomplishment, because the Doordarshancamera crew covering the event had stepped out for a tea break while he was shooting.)Fact|date=December 2007 He has never placed in the top snooker world rankings, however.
In the 1992
World Professional Billiards Championship, Sethi constructed a world-record English billiards Cuegloss|Break|break of 1276 under the three-pot rule (a world record, also the highest break in five decades) and won first place. He went on to win the title again in 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2006.
In the 2006 event, in
Prestatyn, Wales, he defeated David Causierin the quarter final, and defending World Pro Champion Chris Shuttin the semi-final. He won the title round 2073–1057 (average per Cuegloss|Inning|inning 34.3 vs. 17.0) in a timed five-hour final against Lee Lagan(who had previously beaten him 6 Cuegloss|Frame|frames to 5 at the untimed 2003 IBSF Amateur World Championship). After running two Cuegloss|Century|centuries in the first hour, Sethi led by 150, increased this to 427 with two more centuries by the end of the first of the two Cuegloss|Session|sessions, and followed it up with a Cuegloss|Double century|double century of 238 Cuegloss|Point|points; meanwhile Langan only managed two centuries in the first session and one in the second.. When the Cuegloss|Match|match time ran out, Sethi had just reached a double century again, at 206, and had been poised to continue the break.
He has been described as an "arch-rival" of Mike Russell of
England, also an eight-time English billiards World Champion, and each of them had defeated the other for the title, with Russell victorious in 1996, and Sethi the winner in 1998, as of their next encounter at the 2007 event. They both scored two triple centuries apiece in the semi-finals, but Russell kocked Sethi out of the running, 1835–1231 (65.5 vs. 45.6 average); Russell eventually won the title, for his ninth World crown.Cite web
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Sethi won gold and silverFact|date=December 2007 medals in eventsClarifyme|subst|DATE|date=March 2008 at the 13th Asian Games (1998,
Bangkok, Thailand), and competed in the 14th AG (2002, Busan, South Korea).Clarifyme|date=December 2007 At the 15th AG (2006, Doha, Quatar), he took bronze medals in English billiards (both men's singles and, with Ashok Shandilya, doubles).
He has announced plans to compete in the
Olympic Gamesfor India when cue sportsare finally admitted as Olympic sports(long in-progress between the World Confederation of Billiard Sportsand the International Olympic Committee).
World Professional Billiards Championship results
* 1992: Won (beat Mike Russell, 2529–718)
* 1993: Won (beat Mike Russell, 2139–1140)
* 1994: Semi-finalist (lost to
Peter Gilchrist)Clarifyme|date=December 2007
* 1995: Won (beat
Devendra Joshi, 1661–931)
* 1996: Runner-up (lost to Mike Russell, 1848–2534)
* 1997: -Clarifyme|date=December 2007
* 1998: Won (beat Mike Russell, 1400–1015)
* 1999: -Clarifyme|date=December 2007
* 2000: Quarter-finalist (lost to
David Causier)Clarifyme|date=December 2007
* 2001: Won (beat
Ashok Shandilya, 3484–1289)
* 2002: Semi-finalist (lost to Peter Gilchrist, 851–1767)
* 2003: group stages
* 2004: Quarter-finalist (lost to David Causier, 722–971)
* 2006: Won (beat England's
Lee Lagan, 2073–1057)
* 2007: Semi-finalist (lost to Mike Russell, 1231–1835)
* 2008: Runner-up (lost to Mike Russell, 1342–1821)
* World Professional Billiards Champion: 1992, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2006
*World Amateur Billiards Champion: 1985, 1987, 2001
*Gold Medallist, 13th Asian Games, Bangkok 1998
*Asian Billiards Champion: 1987
*National Billiards Champion: 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1997, 1998
*National Snooker Champion: 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
Awards and recognition
A major sporting hero in India, he is a recipient of India's highest sporting award, the
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnafor 1992–1993; both the Padma Shriand the Arjuna Awardin 1986; and the K.K. Birla Award, 1993.
Sethi still lives in Ahmedabad, with his wife Kiran and their two children, Jazz and Raag.Cite web
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accessdate=2008-04-22] In addition to billiards competitions, Sethi also works a managerial job in the Tata Oil Mills. Sethi has an MBA from the BK School of Business Management, and is an alumnus of St. Xavier's High School and
St. Xavier’s Collegein Ahmedabad.Facts|date=December 2007
In 2005 he authored an autobiographical movitational book called "Success vs Joy"Cite book
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Bollywoodstar Amitabh Bachchan. Geet has set up a number of websites such as the (now defuct) portal Kheladi.com.Clarifyme|date=December 2007
Currently he is promoting a venture called
GoldQuest,Fact|date=December 2007 ostensibly committed to supporting sportspersons with Olympic medal-winning potential.
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