History was made at the World Snooker Championship
Belgian Luca Brecel made history at the World Snooker Championship. He became the first athlete from continental Europe and the fourth from outside the UK to win the coveted trophy.
In the final of the tournament at the Crucible Theatre in the city of Sheffield, England, Brecel defeated England's Mark Selby 18-15. One of the most spectacular moments of the match was Selby's 147-point maximum break, the first in World Finals history, in the 16th frame. Brecel, however, largely dominated the match. He only had emotions in the last session when, at 16-10, Selby won 5 frames in a row. The Belgian athlete recovered at the right moment and completed his victory.
"It was very tough. Selby is the worst opponent we could have had in a final. He always comes back. He's a real fighter. At 16-15, honestly, I didn't think I was going to win. I missed a lot of shots. I don't know how I managed to take the title." Brecel said after the match.
"Enjoy this season. You deserved this trophy. You played fantastic." Selby said.
Luca Brecel will be paid £500,000 and Mark Selby £200,000.