(Right Handed Cueist)
DOB: 17 April 1961
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
KK Birla Sports Foundation Award
Billiards Player of the Year by WPBSA 
|Professional / Amateur / Beginner||Turned Professional in the year 1989|
|Highest Sports Qualification||9 times World Champion
(Five Pro-Billiards, Three IBSF World Billiards & One IBSF World Snooker (Team))
First Amateur in world & only Indian to have 147 Maximum in Snooker
|Highest Break||Billiards – 1276
Snooker – 147
Billiards – Created a world record of 1276 points break in the 1992 World Professional Billiards Championship, and holded for 15 years i.e. upto 5th October 2007, when Peter Gilchrist of Singapore broke by making 1346. Geet also holds an unofficial break of 1617 in 70 minutes (while practicing).
Snooker – The First amateur in World & only Indian to have 147 maximum in Snooker Championship. He recorded this break on 21.02.1988
Interesting Fact – The only cueist in entire globe (either living or dead) who scored 1000+ in Billiards and 147 (the maximum) in Snooker.
These records are also entered in Guinness Book of World Records too.
– 2011 WPBSA World Billiards Championship – Top 16
– 2011 IBSF World Billiards Championship (Point Format) – Quarter Finalist
– 2011 78th Indian National Billiards Championship – Rank 3
– 2011 Asian Billiards Championship, Kish Island (Iran) – Quarter Finalist
– 2011 CCI Invitational Snooker Tournament – Pre-Quarter Finalist
– 2010 World Pro Billiards Championship :: Leeds (UK) – Semi Finalist
– 2010 77th Indian National Billiards Championship – Rank 7
– 2010 IBSF World Billiards Championship (Time Format) – Bronze Medalist
– 2010 IBSF World Billiards Championship (Point Format) – Bronze Medalist
– 2010 Asian Billiards Championship, Indore – Quarter Finalist
– 2010 Alumni Club All India Invitation Snooker Championship, Chennai – Pre-Quarter Finalist
– 2009 VIP MATRIX All India Invitation Snooker Championship, Chennai – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 IBSF World Snooker (Masters) Championship – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 3rd Indoor Asian Games English Billiards (Individual) – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 76th Indian National Snooker Championship – Rank 8
– 2009 76th Indian National Billiards Championship – Runner-Up
– 2009 EBOS Denis Wood Memorial Open Billiards Championship :: Birmingham – Semi Finalist
– 2009 EBOS European Open Billiards Championship :: Belgium – Semi Finalist
– 2009 G.Raman Nair Annual Billiards Championship 2009 – Winner
– 2009 Shyam Shroff Memorial – Khar Gymkhana Invitational Snooker Tournament – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 8th Asian Billiards Championship, Pune, India – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 English Open Billiards Series # 5 @ Prestatyn – Quarter Finalist
– 2009 CCI Platinum Jubilee Snooker Championship – Round 16
– 2008 5th PYC-ATC Snooker Challenge (Team Event) – Runner Up (Team: Strachan Champs)
– 2008 75th Indian National Snooker Championship – Top 16
– 2008 75th Indian National Billiards Championship – Runner-Up
– 2008 IBSF World Snooker (Masters) Championship :: Wels (Austria) – Runner-up
– 2008 ASCA – All India Invitation Snooker Championship :: Chennai – Quarter Finalist
– 2008 IBSF World Billiards Championship (Time Format) :: Bangalore (India) – Semi Finalist
– 2008 IBSF World Billiards Championship (Point Format) :: Bangalore (India) – Runner-Up
– 2008 World Pro Billiards Championship :: Leeds (UK) – Runner-up
– 2008 English Billiards Open Series @ Prestatyn – Winner
– 2008 Fifth R.K. Gupta Memorial – Alexander Club (Meerut) Billiards Tournament – Semi Finalist
– 2008 Yasin Merchant Classic Doubles Snooker Tournament – Participated (Partner :: Aditya Mehta)
– 2007 74th Indian National Billiards Championship – Rank 3
– 2007 74th Indian National Snooker Championship – Rank 8
– 2007 IBSF World Snooker (Master) Championship – Semi Finalist
– 2007 Indoor Asian Games English Billiards – Silver Medal
– 2007 IBSF World Billiards Championship (time format) – Rank 3
– 2007 IBSF World Billiards Championship (point format) – Quarter Finalist (Top 8)
– 2007 World Professional Billiards Championship – Semi Finalist
– 2007 Kharagpur South Institute Invitational Billiards Championship – Winner
– 2007 Kharagpur South Institute Invitational Snooker Championship – Winner
– 2007 MIG Club All India Invitational Snooker Championship – Runner up
– 2007 Irish Open Billiards Champion
– 2007 73rd Indian National Billiards Champion
– 2006 Doha Asian Games (Billiards Doubles) – Bronze Medal (with Ashok Shandilya)
– 2006 IBSF World Snooker Championship [Masters] – Quarter Finalist
– 2006 USA Sr. Team Snooker Championship – Winner ( along with Devendra Joshi & BVS Moorthy)
– 2006 World Professional Billiards Champion
– 2005 IBSF World Billiards Championship – Runner up
– 2003 IBSF World Billiards Championship – Runner up
– 2002 Asian Games Billiards Singles Bronze Medalist
– 2002 Asian Games Billiards Doubles Silver Medalist
– 2002 IBSF World Billiards Championship – Runner up
– 2001 IBSF World Billiards Champion
– 1998 World Professional Billiards Champion
– 1998 Asian Games Billiards Doubles Gold Medalist (with Ashok Shandilya)
– 1997 Indian National Billiards Champion
– 1996 World Professional Billiards – Runner up
– 1995 World Professional Billiards Champion
– 1993 World Professional Billiards Champion
– 1992 World Professional Billiards Champion
– 1988 Indian National Billiards Champion
– 1988 Indian National Snooker Champion
– 1987 IBSF World Billiards Champion
– 1987 Indian National Billiards Champion
– 1987 Indian National Snooker Champion
– 1986 Asian Billiards Champion
– 1986 Indian National Billiards Champion
– 1986 Indian National Snooker Champion
– 1985 Indian National Billiards Champion
– 1985 Indian National Snooker Champion
– 1985 IBSF World Billiards Champion
– 1984 International Points Snooker Champion 1984
– 1982 Indian National Billiards Champion
|Cue in use||Special hand made cue|
|Club||Ellis Bridge Gymkhana – Ahmedabad|
|Other Activities||Founder of Olympic Gold Quest, a program of Foundation for Promotion of Sports and Games|
|Other Experiences||Author – Success Vs. Joy|
|Hobbies||Writing and reading|
|Men’s english billiards|
|Competitor for India|
Geet Siriram Sethi (born April 17, 1961) of India is a professional player of English billiards who dominated the sport throughout much of the 1990s, and a notable amateur (ex-pro) snooker player. 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. He, along with Prakash Padukone, has co-founded Olympic Gold Quest, a Foundation for the Promotion of Sports in India.
Born in Delhi and grew 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 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.
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 ACBS Asian Billiards Championship 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. He has never placed in the topsnooker world rankings, however. Sethi is the only person in the history of cue-sports to have scored a maximum (147) in competitive snooker and a 1000+ break in competitive billiards.
In the 1992 World Professional Billiards Championship, Sethi constructed a world-record English billiards break of 1276 in 80 minutes under the three-pot rule, 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 Causier in the quarter final, and defending World Pro ChampionChris Shutt in the semi-final. He won the title round 2073–1057 (average per inning 34.3 vs. 17.0) in a timed five-hour final against Lee Lagan (who had previously beaten him 6 frames to 5 at the untimed 2003 IBSF Amateur World Championship). After running two 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 sessions, and followed it up with a double century of 238 points; meanwhile Langan only managed two centuries in the first session and one in the second.. When the 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.
Sethi won gold and silver medals in doubles and singles English billiards respectively at the 13th Asian Games (1998,Bangkok, Thailand). He also won silver and bronze medals in doubles and singles English billiards respectively at the14th Asian Games (2002, Busan, South Korea). At the 15th Asian Games (2006, Doha, Quatar), he took bronze medal in English billiards (men’s doubles with Ashok Harishankar Shandilya).
He has announced plans to compete in the Olympic Games for India when cue sports are finally admitted as Olympic sports (long in-progress between the World Confederation of Billiard Sports and 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, 916-1312)
- 1995: Won (beat Devendra Joshi, 1661–931)
- 1996: Runner-up (lost to Mike Russell, 1848–2534)
- 1997: Event was not held
- 1998: Won (beat Mike Russell, 1400–1015)
- 2000: Event was not held
- 2001: Quarter-finalist
- 2002: Semi-finalist (lost to Peter Gilchrist, 851–1767)
- 2003: Lost in the group stage
- 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 Medalist, 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 Ratna for 1992–1993; both the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award in 1986; and the K.K. Birla Award, 1993.
Sethi lives in Ahmedabad, with his wife Kiran Bir Sethi and their two children, Raag, a musical prodigy, and Jazz. In addition to billiards competitions, Sethi also runs a private travel agency in Ahmedabad and Mumbai called Raag Travels. Sethi has an MBA from the BK School of Business Management, Gujarat University and is an alumnus of St. Xavier’s High School and St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad.
In 2005 he authored an autobiographical motivational book called Success vs Joy.
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