World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan defeats Judd Trump 18-13 to wins the record-equalling seventh world title 2022 at Crucible.
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.
O'Sullivan's triumph will add more fuel to any debate 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.
What's Said by Seven-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan on TV, quotes:
"As far as I'm concerned this fella [Trump] is already an all-time great the way he plays the game.
"I tried to be as relaxed as I could but that is probably the greatest result I've had against somebody like Judd.
"I've never bothered about records - when you get them, it's kinda nice, I've never performed well if going for that, I've just tried to enjoy my game.
"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!"
Ronnie O'Sullivan was asked if he is okay with sharing...
"We can share it for a year!" he laughed.
"We all knew Judd wasn't playing his best - but that's what a champion does, they still get to the final and nearly win it.
"He will win this a few times and the other guys better get their act together."