Ramy Ashour plays in Canberra on August 19, 2012
Former champion Ramy Ashour, pictured in action on August 19, 2012, regained the world title on Friday with a marathon 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 win over Egyptian compatriot Mohammed El Shorbagy. © Mark Graham - AFP/File
Ramy Ashour plays in Canberra on August 19, 2012
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Last updated: December 14, 2012

Ashour defeats Shorbagy in marathon world final

Former champion Ramy Ashour regained the world title on Friday with a marathon 2-11, 11-6, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8 win over Egyptian compatriot Mohammed El Shorbagy.

Ashour had already made certain of taking over as world number one by beating defending champion Nick Matthew in the semi-finals.

His brilliance on the volley and with surprising angles just prevailed against Shorbagy's movement and abilities at the front -- but only after the younger man had led 8-7 in the decider.

Shorbagy, the 21-year-old England-based player, had beaten the top-seeded world number one, James Willstrop in the semi-finals.

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