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Summary

  1. Result: Mark Selby 18-15 John Higgins
  2. Selby defends his title and wins his third World Championship in four years
  3. Selby trailed 10-4 before fighting back
  4. Controversy in frame 31 after referee says Selby did not hit the black and Higgins went on to win the frame
  5. Selby made 131 break in 32nd frame and 78 in final frame

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. A great end to a great tournament

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    It has been a great championship, and we got the dramatic final we were hoping for.

    Mark Selby looked down and out at 10-4 behind on Sunday evening, he then took charge at 16-12, before John Higgins fought back to make it 16-15.

    But Selby got himself over the line by winning two frames to collect his third title.

    Click here to read Shamoon Hafez's report and all that is left for me is to say thank you for all your excellent comments. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

    Thanks for joining us and bye for now.

    Mark Selby
  2. 'Phenomenal achievement'

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

  3. 'Close to the ceiling of performance'

    Selby 18-15 Higgins

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion at The Crucible

    When we look at the field of players that are potential winners here, to think there is a dominant character forcing his way through is amazing.

    Selby is an exceptional player and exceptional match player. It is going to take some young player coming through who takes every part of his game and becomes stronger to knock him off his perch. 

    We're close to the ceiling of performance now.

    Mark Selby
  4. Great scenes

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    Another angle of Mark Selby's celebrations, courtesy of BBC Sport's Seema Jaswal.

    BBC Sport app users may need to click on the below link to see the video.

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  5. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    ROSBrazil Snooker: Amazing event once again, the Snooker World Championship just keeps growing worldwide! Also loved the #BBCSnooker coverage.

    Osian‏: Fair play to Mark Selby. Third World Championship in four years is hugely impressive! Great final!

    Andy Crawley: Superb snooker final, can't knock John Higgins for his effort but got to hand it to Mark Selby - he's simply unstoppable!

    Mark Selby
  6. 'Higgins can go on for a few years'

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    Steve Davis

    Six-time world champion at The Crucible

    What a fillip for John Higgins' career, it must inspire him.

    When he looks back at the season he has had, he must think it is wonderful in what can be considered the autumn of his career. 

    He can go for a good few years yet.  

  7. Watch: How Selby won the title

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    Relive the closing moments of Mark Selby's famous win as he became a three-time world champion.

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    Video caption: Selby wins World Championship title
  8. Post update

    Mark Selby beats John Higgins 18-15 to win his third world title

    John Parrott

    1991 world champion at The Crucible

    Mark Selby is a truly brilliant player. John Higgins couldn’t say it any better. Granite.

    The two of them are exemplary. John has won four world championships and Mark three.

    It is no coincidence. They are suited to these longer formats and they know their way better than most.

    It’s going to take a lot to knock this guy off the world number one spot.

    Mark Selby celebrates
  9. 'Something I could only dream of'

    Selby 18-15 Higgins

    Three-time world champion Mark Selby says: "I can't believe it, I am still pinching myself now. From 10-4 to get to 10-7 yesterday, I was over the moon as I had nothing left. He outplayed me yesterday. Today I came back fresh and was a lot better.

    "When I was 10-4 down I was missing everything and had nothing left. I said 'pull something together'. If you lose, you want to at least go down fighting."

    On the foul controversy in frame 31, Selby says: "I thought it touched, Jan (Verhaas) said it didn't and I trust him.

    "You have to put it out of your mind. Big congratulations to John, he is a great guy, and one of the all-time greats and it is so great to play him in another final. To have three world titles is unbelievable and to be one of only four players to defend it is something I could only dream of."

  10. Post update

    And now some quotes from our champion, Mark Selby.

    Mark Selby
  11. Selby is a great champion - Higgins

    Selby 18-15 Higgins

    Runner-up John Higgins says: "Mark is granite, just granite. In the second session I had my chances, I missed a pink into the middle bag and I could have gone 9-3 ahead.

    "That was a big, big frame. Mark cleared up under extreme pressure. He is a fantastic champion.

    "It has been an unbelievable tournament, I gave everything. I came up short to a great champion. I'm proud of myself but he was too good on the day."

    John Higgins
  12. SELBY WINS THE 2017 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    Frame 33: Selby 18-15 Higgins (80-19, Selby 75)

    A break of 75 takes him over the line and there are hugs everywhere. Higgins hugs Selby, they hug among Selby's family and friends.

    Selby is a three-time world champion after his previous successes in 2014 and 2016.

    John Higgins
    Selby and Higgins
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  13. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    There goes a red with the rest, he punches the air. That should be it for Selby.

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    Video caption: Selby wins World Championship title
  14. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    Remember, Mark Selby was 10-4 down and looking out of it last night. What a recovery. What a performance. What a champion. (63-19)

  15. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    The lead is at 40 points. Everything is out in the open.

  16. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    Higgins, looking pensive, can only sit, hope and pray to get back to the table.

    Selby's third world title could happen in the next few minutes. (42-19)

  17. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    The Selby lead is 26-19. The title is there for him.

  18. Did he hit it? The black ball mystery of 2017...

    Still can't decide?

    Watch it again. And again. And again.

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    Video caption: Did he hit it? Black ball mystery costs Selby
  19. Get Involved #bbcsnooker

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    Dazz‏: They think it's all over....

    Nicola Marshall: It's getting late, I need to go to bed, can't stop watching.

    You can't go to bed now! 

  20. Post update

    Frame 33: Selby 17-15 Higgins

    Chance for Selby. This could be it. (12-19, still a lot to do).