16 August 2020 16:34
THE World Snooker Championship has reached its final, as Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Kyren Wilson. Snooker fans had their traditional springtime tournament postponed when the coronavirus pandemic halted all major events, but the showpiece this weekend will have around 300 fans in attendance. 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan takes on Kyren Wilson in the final Credit: REX O'Sullivan defeated Mark Selby while Wilson beat Anthony Gill in the semi-finals to reach this weekend's showpiece. What TV channel and live stream is the World Snooker Championships final on? Coverage for the Championship is available across the Eurosport and BBC platforms.
Sky Sports customers already have Eurosport included as part of their subscription package. Where can I watch it for free? Alternatively the final will be available on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Two free to all viewers with a valid TV licence. MOST READ IN SPORT LUCKY ESCAPE MotoGP riders in 200mph horror crash as legend Rossi cheats death FARCE-ALONA Senior players at Barca 'totally against' Pochettino, boosting chances of Xavi GRAE AREA Souness could 'see' Messi playing for Man Utd and says now is moment to make bid Exclusive NEW FOSTER HOME Chelsea and Everton chasing shock move for Watford keeper Ben Foster Exclusive H-OWL-ER EFL wanted to RELEGATE Sheffield Wednesday - but bungled case saved the Owls Exclusive SLAM DUNK Chelsea closing in on £40MILLION move for Dunk to beat rivals Spurs What time does the final start? The schedule is as follows below: (All times in BST) Saturday, August 15 BBC Two: from 4:30pm and 7:30pm Eurosport: from 10am, 2:30pm and 7pm Sunday, August 16 Ronnie O'Sullivan caused plenty of controversy last week when he claimed that he would "need to lose an arm and a leg" for there to be any chance of him falling out of snooker's top 50 ranked players.
Whilst many were dismayed by the arrogance of O'Sullivan's comments, there can be little dispute that the five-time world champion is one of the best players to have ever competed. The 44-year-old has shown breathtaking dominance at times throughout his career, including famously making the fastest maximum 147 break ever - in just five minutes and 20 seconds. O'Sullivan achieved his remarkable feat during the first round of the 1997 World Championship against Mick Price. O'Sullivan received a prize of £147,000 for the break and his rapid clearance remains one of the sport's greatest highlights. "The Rocket" is bidding to add a sixth world triumph to his resume as he takes on Kyren Wilson in the final of this year's championships. O'Sullivan advanced to face Wilson at The Crucible after defeating Mark Selby 17-16 in a thrilling semi-final on Friday. Although they were closely matched earlier this week, a video has now gone viral comparing O'Sullivan's storied 147 break against some astonishingly slow play from Selby. During last year's Northern Ireland Open, Selby took a painstaking six minutes and 13 seconds to play a single shot in his quarter-final clash with John Higgins. Taking in excess of six minutes to play a shot is extreme in any circumstances, but when synced with O'Sullivan's speedy 147, the difference shown in the Twitter video really is comical. Overall, Selby's single shot took 53 seconds longer than the time in which O'Sullivan managed to clear the entire table in 1997! Selby's diligence did not even result in a victory - and he would go on to lose his match with Higgins by five frames to four. O'Sullivan might well have overstepped the mark in terms of his recent criticism of his peers, however, his back catalogue of extraordinary performances certainly gives him the right to express his opinion. O'Sullivan's outspoken demeanour, combined with some sublime skills at the table, make him somebody that fans love to watch. We might not see a break in this weekend's final to match O'Sullivan's 1997 effort, but his presence all-but guarantees entertainment regardless. News Now - Sport News