Thor ends 14-year-old Boiko’s dream of World Championship qualification
Ukrainian is youngest player to have competed in the qualifiers
Ukrainian Iulian Boiko has become the youngest player ever in the qualifying rounds. Photograph: WST/PA Wire
Malaysia player Thor (32) dominated the opening session and led 3-1 at the interval.
Boiko, though, edged a tense fifth frame to reduce the deficit before the amateur potter then levelled the match at 3-3.
However, it was world number 100 Thor who went on to wrap up victory, clinched with another half-century break, as he moved into the second of four qualifying rounds.
The main draw is scheduled to start on July 31st at the Crucible, with the high-profile championships one of a select number of sporting events which will pilot the safe return of spectators after the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.