In more Irish news snooker’s ‘Running Man’ Fergal O’Brien claimed a couple of victims in Beijing.

The 43-year-old Dubliner, whose finest hour in the game came 16 years ago now when he won the British Open, is often seen pounding the streets around the hotel on overseas trips to keep fit and fill time between matches and practice.

And in Beijing, Matt Selt and Jimmy Robertson asked to join up with the world No26 for a run around the Sheraton hotel complex.

The pair kept up with O’Brien for a while with the pace at a leisurely jog, but when the time came for a sprint, Selt and Robertson were left gasping while O’Brien put his foot to the floor and sped off into the distance.