On this day in 2021: Mark Selby defeats Shaun Murphy for fourth world title

Mark Selby claimed his fourth World Snooker Championship title on this day in 2021.

Selby beat Shaun Murphy 18-15 at Sheffield’s Crucible Theater for a £500,000 prize.

A fourth world triumph brought the 37-year-old Selby within three Crucible crowns of Stephen Hendry’s record seven.

“Winning once against Ronnie O’Sullivan for the first time was a dream come true,” said Selby.

“Winning it four times is something I could only have dreamed of.

“Every time you get to a world final you always give your all.

“It’s such a tough tournament to get there and you never know if it’s going to be the last.”

Murphy’s resolve in a high-quality encounter ultimately ended with Selby’s breaks of 66, 68 and 120.

“Mark is super granite, unfortunately for me,” Murphy said.

“I started off good, but he went into super hard mode.”

In the final sessions of the Championship, a capacity crowd returned to a major UK sporting event for the first time since March 2020 and the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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