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Achiever of the Highest English Billiards Break in Five Decades: Geet Sriram Sethi

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Geet Sriram Sethi was born on 17th April 1961 in Delhi. He attended St. Xavier’s High School and St. Xavier’s College in Ahmadabad. He did his Masters in Business Administration from B.K. School of Business Administration. He became passionate about the game of billiards when he was just a kid though he was not allowed to play the game. He laid his hands upon a billiards table at Ahmadabad. Observing his extra ordinary talent, the Managing Committee of the Gujarat Sports Club allowed him to play the game at the members’ table. He took important tips from Satish Menon, an important billiards player of his time.

Geet Sethi is a six-time winner of the professional-level and a three-time winner of the amateur World Championships. He is also the holder of two world records in English billiards. He won his first major English billiards event in 1982 which was the Indian National Billiards Championship.

Geet Sethi also took the Indian National Snooker Championships four times back to back in the same period of 1985 to1988. He is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first amateur in the world to compile the maximum 147 break in snooker.

In the 1992 World Professional Billiards Championship, Geet Sethi constructed a world-record English billiards break of 1276 under the three-pot rule which also stands as the highest break in five decades and won first place. He went on to win the title again in 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2006.

Geet Sethi is regarded as a major sports hero in India. He is a recipient of India's highest sporting award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for 1992–1993. He also received the Padma Shri and the Arjuna Award in 1986 and the K.K. Birla Award in1993.

Geet Sethi lives in Ahmadabad, with his wife Kiran and their two children, Jazz and Raag. In addition to billiards competitions, Sethi also runs a private travel agency in Ahmadabad and Mumbai called Raag Travels. In 2005, he wrote an autobiographical motivational book called `Success vs. Joy’.

Presently, he is promoting a venture called Olympic Gold Quest along with Prakash Padukone which is committed to supporting sports persons with Olympic medal-winning potential.