Thai snooker star makes history with first-ever 155 break caught on camera

August 17, 2021
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Snooker player Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made history by becoming the first player ever to complete a 155 break on camera.

The Thai professional managed it in a practice match in Darlington, when he was playing against Iranian player Hossein Vafaei on Saturday.

A break of 155 is only possibly if a player begins a match with a foul that results in a free ball for their opponent, and they go on to pot the black ball and then complete a 147 – all without missing a single shot.

Incredibly, Un-Nooh managed to do exactly that in only eight minutes.

The Bangkok-born ball-potter was fortunate his remarkable achievement was caught on film – the practice match was not meant to be filmed, but a well-placed CCTV camera happened to capture the extraordinary achievement from afar.

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is the first person ever to achieve a break of 155 that was caught on camera.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh is the first person ever to achieve a break of 155 that was caught on camera

While he is the first to have his 155 break enshrined in footage, Un-Nooh is not the first to record such a score.

English player Jamie Cope managed a break of 155 in a practice match in 2005, when he was just 20 years old. While it was not caught on camera, the frame was witnessed by several others who confirmed it happened.

Cope went on to achieve three 147 breaks in a professional career which saw him reach as high as 13th in the world rankings.

The pace of Un-Nooh's eight-minute dream frame should come as no surprise – he is known on the circuit as the "speed king", as he is famed for taking such little time between shots.

He has achieved two 147 breaks in his career, and more than 100 centuries.

The 36-year-old became only the second Thai player ever, after James Wattana, to win a ranking event on the World Tour when he won the Snooker Shoot Out in 2019.

He also came close to winning the World Open in the same year, but lost to world no.1 Judd Trump in the final.

Un-Nooh was preparing for the British Open when he completed his unlikely 155 break, but his preparations were not enough as he exited in the first round, losing 3-2 to Matthew Selt.

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