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Ronnie O'Sullivan crashes out of world championship

Ronnie O'Sullivan, the defending champion, has crashed out of the 2009 world snooker championships at the Crucible in Sheffield. The Rocket was knocked out by the 23-year-old Mark Allen who won the second round match 13-11.

Allen, the world No16, played the game of his life after starting the final session 9-7 down to the reigning world champion. O'Sullivan, in contrast, struggled to find consistency despite coming close to making a 147 break to fight back in the mid-session.

The 33-year-old had been looking to win his fourth world title, but he'll have to wait until next year while Allen will be dreaming of challenging for snooker's biggest prize.

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