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Leicester man Selby enjoys double celebration after landing world title

By John Skilbeck

Mark Selby swept to Crucible glory and gave Leicester a second trophy of the night to toast as he fended off Ding Junhui in the Betfred World Championship final.

As parties erupted in the following Leicester City's Premier League triumph, another was about to begin 70 miles up the M1 as Foxes fan Selby powered to an 18-14 triumph.

Selby pointed at smiling wife Vikki in the crowd as he crossed the winning line, joy and satisfaction detailed across his face. She and daughter Sofia joined him amid ticker-tape trophy celebrations.

"It's fantastic. I'm just really happy to win," Selby said. "I saved my best performance for the final."

Selby led from start to finish and was a worthy champion, collecting snooker's biggest ever prize cheque of £330,000 to go with the silverware.

Selby expressed surprise at joining the illustrious club of two-time winners.

He said: "Apart from the last session of my semi-final against Marco (Fu) it's been average or lower than average. I think it's just grit and determination. I never seem to give in no matter how badly I'm playing. Until the final ball's potted I still keep believing inside that I can win.

"Some players let their heads go and get a little bit downbeat, but if anything it inspires me."

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