Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Judd Trump for record-equalling seventh Crucible title


  • O’Sullivan wins World Snooker Championship final 18-13
  • Seventh title equals Stephen Hendry’s record

The Magnificent Seven is complete. A 30-year journey to snookering immortality, which has not been without its bumps along the way, was never likely to be straightforward even in its final stages given the prize on offer. But despite Judd Trump making everyone wonder if the impossible could really happen at one stage on Monday afternoon, the world championship ended in yet more history for Ronnie O’Sullivan: and this bit really means something.

At times O’Sullivan is so laid back about the magnitude of his achievements in the game that he is practically horizontal. But anyone who understands snooker can appreciate that this moment, a seventh world title to draw level with Stephen Hendry and tie the modern-era record, is the one thing which will mean so much since he first lifted the trophy aloft inside the Crucible 21 years ago. At times it has seemed unrealistic that anyone could scale that mountain again, given the sheer dominance Hendry enjoyed to win his seven world crowns.

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Written by Aaron Bower at the Crucible
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