Yet 20 years on from O’Sullivan’s astonishing 147 against Mick Price in the first round of the World Championship, it turns out that the official time was wrong.
According to a fascinating investigation by deadspin.com, O’Sullivan first struck the struck the cue ball five minutes and eight seconds before the break concluded.
World Snooker told deadspin that a break starts when the player hits the white ball for the first time in potting a red.
How was O’Sullivan’s break wrongly timed?
"I guess the answer must be that the time starts from when the white stopped moving on the previous shot (Mick Price’s last shot) and stops when the white stops rolling on O’Sullivan’s last shot," said a World Snooker spokesperson.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: O’Sullivan’s fastest maximum in history was faster than official time