The best in the business- snooker champs
In many people’s opinion, Ronnie O’ Sullivan is the best in the business, although professionally and legally the number one is Mark Selby. He gained this title by winning the world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.
Ronnie earned the respect of his peers and all those who regard him as the world number one because of some of the shots he has played since his first appearance playing snooker live on TV back in 1984. If you didn’t know, he’s a five-time world champion, winning his first championship back in 2001, repeating this success in 2004, 2008, 2012 and finally in 2013.
Mark Selby has won the past two years and always puts up a good fight. Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins has won it twice, once in 1974 before snooker came to Sheffield’s Crucible theatre, and once in 1982 at that venue.
For forty years, snooker’s world championships have been hosted at the Crucible because its quality and size make it an ideal venue.
Last year, a Year 6 pupil from Burgh School went to experience the adrenalin of being at the Crucible and watching a professional exhibition match. He quoted, “Being at the Crucible is a great experience and is so exciting to watch. Even though the game is a long process to finish, it is worth it to just… be there and witness it first-hand. It is amazing.”
Like many before him, he has felt the rush of being there, adding, “It was an awesome thrill to get up and cheer for the winner!”
Willie Thorne, snooker’s maximum man, holds the world record for most 147s, the highest score you can, in normal circumstances, get in snooker. Willie has circulated an amazing 70 maximum breaks, beating Cliff Thorburn by about 51 maximums.
By the way, Alex ’Hurricane’ Higgins once scored 155 but that’s a different story!
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Oliver, Year 6