Rocket says records ‘over­rated’ as he sets fastest Cru­cible time

Irish Independent - - Sport | Cricket / Racing - World Cham­pi­onship Live, BBC2/Eurosport 1, 10.0

FIVE-TIME cham­pion Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van was in im­pe­ri­ous form at the World Snooker Cham­pi­onship when he beat first-round op­po­nent Thep­chaiya Un-Nooh of Thai­land 10-1 in 108 min­utes to set the record for the fastest match in Cru­cible his­tory yes­ter­day.

O’Sul­li­van (right), who led 8-1 at the close of play on Sun­day, stayed true to his nick­name ‘The Rocket’ when he won the two frames needed in less than 30 min­utes to be­come the first man to win a match in un­der two hours.

The record was pre­vi­ously held by Eng­land’s Shaun Mur­phy who blanked China’s Luo Hong­hao 10-0 in the first round last year in 149 min­utes, but O’Sul­li­van smashed the record by 41 min­utes, af­ter which he brushed aside his achieve­ment.

“I’m not re­ally both­ered by records, I stopped both­er­ing about records when I reached them and they didn’t re­ally give you that buzz for very long,” O’Sul­li­van (44) said af­ter the match where he had two cen­tury breaks.

“They’re nice when you’re chas­ing them but once you get them they’re over­rated in many ways. So I think you just take each game as it comes and it’s just nice to be out there play­ing some snooker.”

The English­man will play Ding Jun­hui of China in the sec­ond round.

Mean­while, Jor­dan Brown trails Mark Selby 5-4 overnight as the Antrim man makes his Cru­cible de­but. Else­where, Thai­land’s Nop­pon Saengkham built a 6-3 overnight lead against 10th seed and for­mer cham­pion Shaun Mur­phy af­ter win­ning the fi­nal two frames of yes­ter­day’s af­ter­noon ses­sion.

Judd Trump will face Yan Bing­tao in the sec­ond round af­ter the Chi­nese 16th seed with­stood a stir­ring come­back from qual­i­fier El­liot Slessor to win 10-7 yes­ter­day.

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