Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Mark Williams becomes oldest World Snooker Championship victor since 1978

Mark Williams becomes oldest World Snooker Championship victor since 1978

Mark Williams stayed true to his word and celebrated his World Snooker Championships title by stripping naked in his post-win presser.

The three-time world champion looked forward to returning to the Crucible next year and promised to outdo himself if he defended his title. I had to wear the towel on the orders of Barry Hearn otherwise I would just have walked in, just crying.

After defeating Robert Milkin in the second round, the 43-year-old - who is the oldest victor in 40 years - said that he would do the press conference naked if he claimed the title.

The video above shows Williams enter a packed room with a Betfred towel covering him.

But the 43-year-old held his nerve and rediscovered his form to secure his first world title since 2003.

Williams was talked out of retirement a year ago by his wife following a slump in form that was so profound that he didn't even qualify for the Crucible.

"If I won this again next year, I'd do this again - I'd cartwheel round here naked".

Williams, who failed to even qualify for last year's World Championship, said of his family: 'I'm sure they've enjoyed it.

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He made breaks of 131, 67 and 82, each time ruthlessly punishing mistakes from Williams whose once huge lead was down to just two frames at 15-13.

A missed pink in the next frame allowed Higgins back into the game and made it 17-16.

Williams last World Championship came 15 years ago and he was clearly delighted to once again take home snooker's top prize and a record £425,000 in prize money.

Speaking to the BBC after last night's win in Sheffield, Williams said: "It's unbelievable. I thought these days had all passed to be honest".

Instead, the Welsh wizard forged further clear, taking his winning run of frames to seven and establishing a 14-7 lead helped by breaks of 61, 56, 69, 56 and 52.

Higgins said: "Obviously I am disappointed but it was great to play in such an occasion in front of this crowd, and Mark is a brilliant champion".

"Today I was 13-7 behind and I was anxious if I would take it to the fourth session, I didn't want to lose with a session to spare".

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