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Cueists stave off Belgian challenge

Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta held their nerves to see off the challenge from Belgium 3-2 in the team championships on the second day of the Snooker World Cup in Bangkok on Tuesday.

other Updated: Jul 13, 2011 00:03 IST

Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta held their nerves to see off the challenge from Belgium 3-2 in the team championships on the second day of the Snooker World Cup in Bangkok on Tuesday.

India began with a loss with seven-time world champion Advani going down to Luca Brecel before Asian Games bronze-medallist Aditya Mehta beat Bjorn Haneveer to draw level.

The Belgians won the doubles, but singles wins by Mehta and Advani sealed the issue for India in Group C. On Monday, India had lost 1-4 to Northern Ireland with only Aditya being able to win the final frame against Gerard Greene.

India will next play another Group C rival England on Thursday. A total of 20 teams are competing in the World Cup.

Ronjan bags bronze
Double-trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi on Tuesday clinched bronze in the ISSF World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. Sodhi shot a series of 48, 49, 48 for a total of 145 in the qualification, before compiling 49 in the finals to finish on the podium. Sodhi was tied for second place but lost to China's Hu Binyuan in shoot-off in which he shot one against two.

Tarundeep dropped
Kolkata:
The archery association has dropped CWG gold-medallist Rahul Banerjee and Asian Games silver-medallist Tarundeep Rai from the squad named for the 3rd and 4th stages of the World Cup due to below-par show at the World Championship in Turin. The World Cup Stage-3 is in Ogden (USA) from August 1-6.