Monday, May 07, 2012

World Snooker Championship 2012

Today after 17 days of tournament play, Ronnie O'Sullivan won the 2012 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible, Sheffield beating Ali Carter by 18 - 11.

Played on a table measuring 12 feet by 6 feet, Snooker was enormously popular during the 1980's and has since declined and revived in popularity as a spectator sport. It was once a guaranteed certainty that the Snooker World champion would be a British player but the sport now has a growing following in China with many top-ranking players waiting in the wings to win prestigious tournaments such as the World championship.

Ronnie O'Sullivan, known as 'The Rocket' for his swift play, is one of a number of enigmatic and temperamental characters of the green baize table and arguably one of the Sport's greatest players ever. It's his fourth World championship title winning previously in 2001, 2004 and 2008. At the age of 36 Ronnie O'Sullivan has become the oldest player since 1978 to win the World Championship with its prize money of  £250,000. 

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