Mark Allen battles through food poisoning

Allen battles through food poisoning
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Mark Allen reveals that he was suffering from food poisoning as he overcame Michael Holt 10-4 at The Crucible.

Mark Allen has revealed that he was suffering from food poisoning during his World Championship first-round clash against Michael Holt.

The 28-year-old, who overcame his opponent 10-4, battled through illness and blurred vision to book his place in the next round.

"I've got a few days to rest now," Allen is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "I've had a bit of food poisoning, and haven't been feeling too good the last few days.

"An hour and a half before the match I was in the NHS walk-in centre, trying to get treatment. At times out there I couldn't see the balls, I had blurred vision. I wasn't able to see anything more than three feet away, it was a guess.

"Thankfully I managed to guess right on a few. I would never pull out, no way, it's the World Championship. They'd have to scrape me off the table, no matter how bad I feel."

Elsewhere, world number one Neil Robertson racked up a commanding 7-2 lead over Robbie Williams ahead of their concluding session.

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