Pankaj Advani wins first Gold for India in Asian Games 2010

INDIA'S ACE billiards player Pankaj Advani clinched first gold medal for the country in the Asian Games 2010 at Guangzhou, after he defeated Oo Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar on Sunday. The former world professional champion 25-year-old Pankaj Advani beat Nay Thway with frames of 33-100, 100-61, 12-101, 101-4, 100-45 in the summit clash.

After winning the first gold medal for the country in the Guangzhou Asian Games 2010, Pankaj Advani said at the press conference, "This feels great. This is Olympics for me as unfortunately we are not there in the Olympics. This time I made it a point to win the first gold for the country. It's an absolutely emotional moment for me. I can't ask for more. "

Pankaj also won the gold medal in billiards at the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha, Qatar.

Another billiards player Alok Kumar won bronze medal for the country in the Men's 8-Ball Pool Singles event.

In another event today in the Asian Games 2010 at Guangzhou, Indian women shooters Heena Sidhu, Annu Raj Singh and Sonia Rai opened their account with silver medal in the 10 meter Air Pistol team event.

Earlier, on the first day of the Asian Games 2010, Gagan Narang won silver medal for the country in the Men's 10m Air Rifle event, whereas Indian team of Abhinav Bindra, Gagan Narang and Sanjeev Rajput secured silver medal in the Men's 10m Air Rifle Team event.

Host China is leading the medal tally with 63 medals including 37 golds, whereas India is on fifth position with six medals including one gold, three silvers and two bronze.

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