Mark Selby makes first ever World Snooker Championship final 147 break

Mark Selby makes first ever World Snooker Championship final 147 break

April 30, 2023

Mark Selby has become the first player ever to make a maximum 147 break in the final of the World Snooker Championship, knocking in the huge effort against Luca Brecel on Sunday night.

The Jester from Leicester made the huge break in the 16th frame of the showpiece match in Sheffield to create an amazing piece of history.

It was the 189th official maximum break in professional snooker and Selby becomes the 10th player to make a 147 at the Crucible.

Kyren Wilson became the ninth player to knock in a 147 at the Crucible in the first round of this competition, doing so against Ryan Day.

The Warrior will not be best pleased as he will now have to share the prize, which stands at £40,000 for the maximum and £15,000 for the high break. Wilson had that to himself before, but now he will split it with Selby.

It is the 14th maximum in the history of the World Championship, remarkably coming just a matter of days after the 13th.

‘I wasn’t really thinking about the maximum until I got to 72,’ Selby told Eurosport. ‘The way Luca was playing I was just happy to get some frames on the board and try to get myself back into the match.

‘If I’d have felt good on reds then of course keep going for the black, but if at any stage it had got a bit tricky then I would have just played to win the frame.

‘I felt calm all the way through it. The last red on the side rail was the tricky one, but I played the white like it was ball in hand, I just had to drop it in.’

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