Mark Selby has been backed to win multiple Crucible titles after stunning Ronnie O'Sullivan to land his maiden triumph at the World Snooker Championship.

On a night when emotions were running high, Selby dedicated the remarkable victory to his late father.

The 30-year-old Leicester cueman's tenacity and sheer appetite for the task was rewarded as he triumphed 18-14 and finished with a flourish.

The great 'Grinder' of the sport, Canada's Cliff Thorburn, was on hand to see Selby wear down the man who was chasing a third successive world title and sixth of his career.

O'Sullivan remarked on Selby's likeness to the 1980 world champion, and had no complaints about his loss in a match he led 8-3 and 10-5.

"If you sign up to be a top snooker player you accept the losses with the wins. You can't have it all your own way all the time," O'Sullivan said.

"I'll have to come back and try to go one better next time."

Reflecting on where it went wrong, O'Sullivan added: "There were lots of long safety bouts and I got dragged into it.

"I was finding it hard to get momentum together.

"At times I felt numb out there because I was in my chair for long periods of time.

"With Mark, you can never count him out. He's certainly got the game to win many more world titles if he wants to."