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Wilson Lionel Garton-Jones

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Wilson Lionel Garton-Jones

Born: 2 May 1922

Died: 5 October 2003

  • He was a professional player of English billiards from India.
  • He, a dominant national amateur champion for more than a decade, won the amateur world championship twice, in 1958 and 1964.
  • He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1963, the Padma Shri Award in 1965, and the Dronacharya Award in 1996.
  • He was the first Indian to be a World champion in any sport.
  • He, an Anglo-Indian, was born in Pune in Maharashtra, and studied at Bishop High School and St. Vincent’s High School, before joining the War Service in 1939.
  • He appeared in the national championship for the first time in 1947.
  • In 1950, he won his first national title, defeating T. A. Selvaraj in the final.
  • During the next sixteen years, he won the amateur National Billiards Championship of Indian twelve times.
  • He won both the national billiards and snooker titles in 1952 and 1954.

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