The showpiece match at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre was within the steadiness when the night session began, with O’Sullivan main 14-11 in the perfect of 35-frame contest after 2019 world champion Trump had bounced again from 12-5 down in a single day.
However having misplaced his first session of the event, O’Sullivan, at 46, the oldest World Championship finalist since mentor Ray Reardon in 1982, surged forward earlier than sealing victory with a break of 85.
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A sporting O’Sullivan, nicknamed the ‘Rocket’ for his velocity around the desk and broadly considered essentially the most naturally gifted participant in snooker historical past, paid tribute to Trump by saying his opponent was already an “all-time nice” due to his attacking method.
He then performed down his achievement in matching Hendry’s tally of world titles by telling the BBC: “I’ve by no means bothered about information — while you get them, it is sort of good, I’ve by no means carried out nicely if going for that, I’ve simply tried to take pleasure in my sport.
“I haven’t got targets… I prefer to win however it’s not the be-all and end-all.
“The Crucible brings out the worst in me — it is in all probability not the perfect thought however we’ll in all probability go once more subsequent yr!”
Monday’s triumph got here 21 years after O’Sullivan first received the world title with Hendry, now a tv commentator, saying: “He is taken the sport to new ranges, he actually has. He is received all of it.”
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It was a degree endorsed by Trump, who stated of O’Sullivan: “It has been a pleasure to share a desk with him. It is a tremendous achievement and he is the perfect participant of all time.”
The 32-year-old left-hander added, modestly: “I used to be simply glad to make a match out of it.”
Trump’s hopes of finishing what would have been an astounding comeback have been successfully ended inside minutes of the beginning of the concluding session on this all-English conflict as O’Sullivan rattled in breaks of 82 and 88 in a matter of minutes to maneuver inside two frames of victory.
Trump, nevertheless, stopped the rot with a break of 64, though O’Sullivan was nonetheless 16-12 forward.
However the subsequent body noticed O’Sullivan produce a break of 75 to depart him only one body away from glory following the mid-session interval.
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Trump was first in come the following body and had the higher of a security change earlier than a wonderful break of 109 — which broke the earlier Crucible event file of 108 — extended the competition.
However he ‘jawed’ an tried pot within the subsequent and O’Sullivan, after a quick security change, made gentle of a troublesome pink alongside the cushion to spark a match-clinching contribution.
Sunday’s play had been notable for a row between O’Sullivan and referee Olivier Marteel — an uncommon flare-up within the usually sedate world of snooker.
Marteel accused O’Sullivan of creating an obscene gesture after failing to get out of a snooker within the eighth body.
That led O’Sullivan to problem Marteel by telling the Belgian official he “noticed nothing”.
O’Sullivan, who had been 5-1 up, misplaced the following two frames and on the finish of the session left the world with out providing the standard handshake to the referee.
The World Snooker Tour subsequently stated O’Sullivan had been issued with a proper warning by Marteel.
O’Sullivan, nevertheless, tried to quell any controversy by providing a fist bump to Marteel in the beginning of Sunday’s night session, which he then dominated to ascertain a seven-frame lead that left Trump with a mountain to climb.