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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 May, 2003, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Number cruncher: Crucible centurions
Stephen Hendry may have missed out on an eighth world title in 2003, but he reinforced his reputation as the most prolific break-builder in Crucible history.

The leading century break makers at The Crucible

The Scot notched his 100th century in round two of the Embassy World Championships, a feat no other player comes close to matching.

  • Compatriot John Higgins is clear in second place followed by "maximum man" Ronnie O'Sullivan, who only added one ton to his tally in 2003 - a second Crucible 147.

    Beyond this established top three, things get surprising.

  • Last year's champion Peter Ebdon is better known for his slow play than his heavy scoring.

  • But he has one more century to his name than six-time world champion Steve Davis.

    1983: Cliff Thorburn
    1992: Jimmy White
    1995: Stephen Hendry
    1997: Ronnie O'Sullivan
    2003: Ronnie O'Sullivan

  • Seasoned pros Jimmy White and John Parrott round out the top seven, with Matthew Stevens, Ken Doherty and Mark Williams hot on their heels.

  • But where are Crucible icons Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn and Alex Higgins?

    With nine World Championships, a ground-breaking 147 and bags of talent to boast of, their absence from the list is a testament to the changing face of snooker.

    Where breaks of 50 or 60 did the job in the 1980s, runs of 80-plus are needed now.

    Hendry raised the break-building stakes and snooker's young guns have followed his lead.

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