Brecel to make Crucible history
Belgian teenager Luca Brecel shattered Stephen Hendry's record to become the youngest player to earn a place at the World Championship.
Brecel, who is just 17 years and 36 days old, beat Essex's Mark King 10-8 in the final round of qualifying, his fourth win of the week.
He will now feature in Monday's first-round draw for the event which begins at the Crucible on Saturday.
Hendry, who was also 17 but almost two months older when he first qualified in 1986, also went through on Sunday, triumphing 10-6 against China's Yu Delu.
Brecel believes he is destined to win the world title in his career, and he will go to the Crucible with a fearless attitude, ready to take on anyone, even reigning champion John Higgins.
He said: "I feel absolutely fantastic. I didn't expect this to happen this week.
"I didn't think about becoming the youngest ever at all, although I knew about the record.
"I believe I can be a future world champion.
"Everybody is following me in Belgium and it's just going to go crazy there now.''
The youngster made a nine-minute 147 break aged just 12, and has been waiting for his big chance.
"I went to the Crucible last year to watch some matches so I'll know what to expect,'' he said.
"I haven't thought about who I want to play next.''
Asked if he would gladly take on Higgins, he said: "I wouldn't be afraid.''
He is the fifth 17-year-old in history to reach the Crucible, after Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Liu Chuang.
Meanwhile, the 2002 world champion Peter Ebdon, who won the China Open title at the start of the month, crushed Alfie Burden 10-0 to secure his place in the draw.