sport news Snooker legend Ronnie O'Sullivan becomes oldest-ever winner of UK Championship ... trends now
Thirty years after he was crowned the youngest winner of the UK Championship, evergreen Ronnie O’Sullivan made more history on Sunday night by also becoming the oldest.
It was in this tournament in 1993 that the remarkable Rocket stunned Stephen Hendry to claim his first ranking title aged just 17. But O’Sullivan is now the Grand Old Duke of York after beating Ding Junhui 10-7, two days before his 48th birthday, to eclipse Doug Mountjoy, who won in 1988 at the age of 46.
This was a record-extending eighth UK Championship trophy for O’Sullivan, as well as a 22th Triple Crown triumph and a 40th ranking title - albeit his first since claiming his seventh World Championship at the Crucible 19 months ago.
Having said he was ‘just motivated by cash’ after his semi-final win over Hossein Vafaei, this victory saw him pocket a healthy cheque for £250,000. And O’Sullivan’s age-defying exploits in York also means he will remain as world No1 ahead of snooker’s next Triple Crown event, the Masters next month.
‘It’s bonkers to still be playing and winning tournaments at nearly 48,’ admitted O’Sullivan, who won the final three frames against Ding and sealed victory with a break of 129.
Ronnie O’Sullivan made more history by becoming the oldest winner of the UK Championship
The Rocket stunned Stephen Hendry in 1993 final to claim his first ranking title aged just 17
‘It's great to win, but it's not the same excitement as years ago when I was winning my