Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record seventh World Snooker Championship title after beating Judd Trump at the Crucible.
O’Sullivan, 46, equaled Stephen Hendry’s modern record with his 18-13 win on Monday.
He also became the oldest world snooker champion in history, overtaking Ray Reardon, who won his last title in 1978 at the age of 45.
Bringing home a winning check for £500,000, O’Sullivan hugged Trump after crossing the line with an 83 pause before greeting his children who ran into the arena in celebration.
His path to victory was far from smooth, after he appeared irritated and clashed with referee Olivier Martel in the opening session on Sunday.
In the eighth frame, O’Sullivan received a formal warning from Mr. Martel for displaying an obscene gesture.
The champ denied the allegation, doubling down on his snub in a later TV interview.
The incident marred recognition of a ruthless day one performance by O’Sullivan, who punished a string of misses by Trump to win a seven-of-nine frame streak.
Trump won the first three frames of the day, making it 13-9.
O’Sullivan then won the first two frames of the night with breaks of 82 and 88, each time relying on errors made by the 33-year-old.
Trump won two of the next three games and made another page of history by delivering a tournament-record 109th century.
He managed to close the gap to 17-13 before O’Sullivan crossed the line.
After the game, Trump gave “massive congratulations” to his competitor and said it had “been a pleasure to share the table with him”.
“He’s always been so good to me throughout my career, letting me train with him when I was young and trying to learn things from him,” he said.
“An incredible achievement and he will go down as the best player of all time. »