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Allen lands £175,000 China pot



Pocketing prize: Mark Allen

Pocketing prize: Mark Allen

Pocketing prize: Mark Allen

Mark Allen said he was thirsty for more glory after sweeping aside Neil Robertson 10-5 in the final of the International Championship in China.

The Antrim man will climb to number seven in the world snooker rankings after claiming the top prize of £175,000.

Allen’s triumph in Daqing caps an impressive season for the 32-year-old after he won the Masters in January with a 10-7 victory over Kyren Wilson at Alexandra Palace.

The Ulsterman raced to a 7-2 lead in the best of 19 final with breaks of 108, 103 and 119 and although Robertson then took the opening frame of the evening session to threaten a fightback, there was no stopping Allen claiming his fourth ranking title.

“I think this is very close to the form I showed all week at the Masters so the signs are good going forward,” said Allen.

“This is what I want to do. I want to win tournaments and I want to win big events.

“It is not easy to win tournaments these days, especially with so many good players, but I’ve played really well all week.

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“I appreciate how hard it is to finish on top, so I am not going to get carried away.”

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