Longest frame in snooker history a marathon effort

Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien won the longest frame in professional snooker history to take the final place at this year’s World Championship.

IRELAND’S Fergal O’Brien, 45, was part of a world record this week when he won the longest frame in the history of professional snooker.

O’Brien, who will now face defending champion Mark Selby in the first round, needed two hours, three minutes and 41 seconds to win a decider against England’s David Gilbert and book his place in the main draw.

O'Brien was unapologetic over his concentration-sapping go-slow in qualifying.

O’Brien was unapologetic over his concentration-sapping go-slow in qualifying.Source:Supplied

The current men’s road marathon record is two hours two minutes and 57 seconds.

Gilbert said: “The pace of play was diabolical from pretty much start to finish, and it wasn’t me. That’s not snooker.”

O’Brien responded to the criticism by saying: “Did I overplay shots, did I double-check stuff? Probably yes, but such was the pressure.”

World Championship first-round draw:

M Selby v F O’Brien, R Day v X Guodong, N Robertson v N Saengkham, M Fu v L Brecel, S Murphy v Y Bingtao, R O’Sullivan v G Wilson, L Wenbo v S Carrington, D Junhui v Z Yuelong, S Bingham v P Ebdon, K Wilson v D Grace, M Allen v J Robertson, J Higgins v M Gould, B Hawkins v T Ford, A Carter v G Dott, A McGill v S Maguire, J Trump v R McLeod.

Originally published as Longest frame in snooker history a marathon effort

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