India’s 17-time world champion Pankaj Advani settled for bronze in the long-up format of the IBSF World Billiards Championship after losing to English opponent Mike Russell in the semifinals in Doha.

Russell reached the desired 1250 mark ahead of Advani.

After a strong start by Advani, Russell rose to the occasion and fired in breaks of 551, highest of the tournament so far, along with a 447 to race to the final where he awaits the winner of Myanmar’s Nay Thway Oo and England’s Robert Hall.

Earlier in the quarter-finals, India’s Dhruv Sitwala and Sourav Kothari crashed out of the tournament, leaving Advani as the sole medal winner in this format of the Championship.

After a memorable outing in the World Billiards with a gold and bronze, Advani now has a day to switch from the 3- ball game to snooker for the World Snooker Championship commencing on Thursday.

Result: Mike Russell defeated Pankaj Advani: 1251-620.