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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 April, 2003, 20:34 GMT 21:34 UK
O'Sullivan scorches to maximum
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan also scored the fastest 147 in history
Ronnie O'Sullivan scored a stunning maximum break of 147 in his first-round match against Marco Fu at the World Snooker Championship.

The total clearance took just six minutes and 30 seconds and is O'Sullivan's second at The Crucible.

It is the second-fastest 147 in history, with O'Sullivan himself holding the record for his maximum at the 1997 World Championship, which took him five minutes 20 seconds.

Alan McManus, who was waiting in the wings to finish his marathon match with Nigel Bond, was impressed with O'Sullivan's efforts.

"Ronnie didn't waste any time, did he?" said the Scot. "It was absolutely awesome. If you watch him for those six minutes, it's like watching God."

O'Sullivan, who will earn 147,000 for his maximum, has now made all of the five fastest 147 breaks in history.

"Once that first red goes in he's always looking to make a maximum - that's his mentality," said his coach and mentor Del Hill.

"It keeps him interested. He's not looking to make the frame safe, he's looking to make the maximum.

"It gets his juices flowing."

Play between John Higgins and Ian McCulloch on the adjoining table was halted as both players took time out to watch O'Sullivan create more snooker history.

Despite the astounding break, O'Sullivan ended the first session trailing Fu 6-3.

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