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.
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
SOURCE: newsnow sport