World Snooker Championship 2022: Ronnie O’Sullivan claims record-equal…
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 1-2 MayCoverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website and mobile app
Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed his seventh World Championship title with an 18-13 win over Judd Trump to equal Stephen Hendry’s record in the modern era.
O’Sullivan, 46, becomes the oldest world champion in Crucible history, eclipsing Ray Reardon, who won his sixth title aged 45 in 1978.
Trump won six of Monday afternoon’s eight frames to battle back to 14-11.
But O’Sullivan sealed his victory and the £500,000 top prize as he took four of the evening’s first six frames.
The ‘Rocket’ enjoyed runs of 82, 88, 75, and 85 – and shared an emotional embrace with Trump, which lasted more than a minute, at the end of the match before greeting his children who ran into the arena to proportion his special moment.
O’Sullivan’s triumph will add more fuel to any argue over who is the greatest snooker player of all time.
The Englishman has now won 39 ranking titles and holds almost every major record in the game.
Asked about emulating Hendry’s record at the Crucible, which was set in 1999, O’Sullivan told BBC Sport: “We can proportion it for a year. I tried to be as relaxed as I could, but that is probably the greatest consequence I’ve had against somebody like Judd [Trump].
“I’ve never bothered about records. When you get them, it’s kind of nice. I don’t have targets. I’ve loved every tournament this year, I’ve just loved playing.
“I like to win, but it’s not the be-all and end-all. The Crucible brings out the worst in me. It’s probably not the best idea but we’ll probably go again next year.”
Despite having a meaningful seven-frame rule overnight, O’Sullivan’s success was far from a formality, with Trump staging a superb fightback on Monday afternoon to claw a 12-5 deficit back to 14-11.
Trump, who had toiled badly on Sunday, produced his best form of the final to eye the second biggest turnaround in Crucible history – after Dennis Taylor’s famous revival from 8-0 down to win the 1985 final against Steve Davis.
A wonderful 107 was a highlight as he took five of the day’s first six frames.
But in front of a raucous sellout Crucible crowd, O’Sullivan closest eased any pressure on himself as play got under way in the evening with several large contributions after errors from Trump, who had adopted a policy of all-out attack.
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