World Snooker Championship 2023 Final: Luca Brecel beats Mark Selby for first world title.

Belgium's Luca Brecel became the first player from mainland Europe to claim snooker's World Championship with an 18-15 win over Mark Selby in Sheffield.

Brecel, 28, is just the fourth non-British winner at the Crucible and the first overseas player to triumph since Neil Robertson in 2010. Brecel won six of Monday afternoon's eight frames to open up a 15-10 lead. A visibly emotional Brecel sealed victory and the £500,000 top prize by taking three frames in the evening.

It is a moment that has long been in the making for Brecel, who climbs eight places to finish the season second in the world rankings behind Ronnie O'Sullivan.

But it only arrived after he had come through the sternest of examinations from England's four-time world champion Selby, who won five consecutive frames and scored 315 points without reply at one stage to get back to 16-15.

Source: www.bbc.com


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