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Ronnie sets new record for Crucible


Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan shrugged off his record-breaking exploits after becoming the first player to win a Crucible match in less than two hours.

O'Sullivan won the two frames required to convert an 8-1 overnight advantage into a 10-1 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in a total match time of 108 minutes.

The victory by the five-time world champion comfortably eclipsed the previous record of 149 minutes set by Shaun Murphy when he whitewashed Luo Honghao last year.

But O'Sullivan said: "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. They're nice when you're chasing them but once you get them they're over-rated."

O'Sullivan took 82 minutes to establish his overnight advantage against the Thai, who is officially the fastest player in the game.

But it was the 'Rocket' who set the furious pace, with an average shot time of less than 14 seconds as he racked up seven breaks over 50, including two centuries.

Judd Trump will face Yan Bingtao in the second round after the Chinese 16th seed withstood a comeback from qualifier Elliot Slessor.

Yan converted a 7-1 overnight lead into a 9-2 advantage before Slessor reeled off five frames in a row - to reduce the deficit to 9-7.

But with the game threatening to stretch into an extra session, Yan nudged over the line with a 10-7 win.