3rd October, 1992 – Geet Sethi wins the world professional billiards championship

Padma Shri and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee Geet Siriram Sethi won the 1992 World Professional Billiards Championship on 3 October, achieving a world-record English billiards break of 1276 under the three-pot rule, giving India a new sporting hero. One of the greatest sporting talents India has ever produced, he won the title again four times — in 1993, 1995, 1998, and 2006.

Sethi was born on 17th April 1961 in Delhi, although his family soon moved to Ahmedabad, where he grew up in. He took to the sport when he turned 13. Within two years he won the first of his five junior billiards titles. He did well in snooker too, though he has always been his most brilliant at billiards.  

Sethi entered the National Billiards Circuit in 1979 when he was 18 years old, clinching both the Junior National Billiards Championship and Junior National Snooker Championship the same year. He first made an international mark in 1982 at the Indian National Billiards Championship, defeating Michael Ferreira. Sethi won the National Billiards Championship (which is an international event) again for four straight years, from 1985 to 1988. He won the title again in 1997 and 1998.

Sethi, who holds two world records in billiards, won the professional-level World Championships six times and the amateur-level thrice. In 1985, he defeated Bob Marshall to claim the IBSF World Amateur Billiards Championship. He reclaimed the title in 1987, and won another amateur title in 2001.