Mark Selby clambered back to the snooker summit by sinking Shaun Murphy 18-15 to win his fourth world title at a raucous Crucible.
Selby held off a stirring fightback from his opponent in the final session to join John Higgins as a four-time champion.
The 37-year-old had endured a torrid time after winning his previous crown in 2017, crashing out in the first round as defending champion and surrendering his status as world No1 after going over two and a half years without a British-based ranking title.
But he has chiselled his way back towards the top, culminating in a dazzling return to top form this fortnight, in which he lost just 11 frames over his first three matches.
Who is Mark Selby?
Mark Selby was born on 19 June 1983. He began playing pool at the age of eight and snooker aged nine.
He has now won four world snooker championships and 20 ranking titles, placing him seventh on the all-time list of ranking tournament wins.
He has held the world number one position six times, having first topped the snooker world rankings in September 2011, and was ranked world No1 for more than four years continuously between February 2015 and March 2019.
Where is Mark Selby from?
Selby hails from Leicester, which also produced snooker legend Willie Thorne. In fact, Thorne’s brother Malcolm spotted Selby’s potential when he was a child and offered him free practice sessions at his brother’s club.
He still lives in Leicester, in a house with a swimming pool.
Selby’s nickname is the Jester from Leicester.
Who is Mark Selby’s wife?
Selby's wife Vikki Layton is a former Irish international pool player, who was born in Ipswich. The pair became engaged in 2010 and married a year later.
It is their 10th wedding anniversary this month after being married in Mexico in May 2011.
The couple have a daughter Sofia Maria who was born in 2014.
What is Mark Selby’s net worth?
Selby’s win at Sheffield this year earned him £500,000 in prize money.
It is estimated that his career earnings are now £4.9million.