Thor and Moh Keen Hoo (not in picture) will face Thailand pair Krisanut Lertsattayatthorn-Ratchayothin Yotharuck for the gold medal at the OCBC Hall. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star
SINGAPORE: The Mighty Thor is gunning for the double.
The stage is set for the region’s snooker king – Thor Chuan Leong – to achieve a grand double at the Singapore SEA Games.
Chuan Leong, who clinched the gold medal in the singles event on Monday, teamed up with Moh Keen Hoo to brush aside Filipino pair Alvin Barbero and Michael Mengorio 3-0 (84-7, 71-5 76-35) in the semi-finals.
The Malaysian pair will now battle it out with Thailand's Krisanut Lertsattayatthorn and Ratchayothin Yotharuck in the final at the OCBC Arena Hall 4.
The Thai pair made the final after defeating Singapore’s Lim Chun Kiat and Tey Choon Kiat 3-1 (72-0, 43-57, 103-21, 119-8).
In the quarter-finals, Chuan Leong and Keen Hoo thrashed Vietnam's Nguyen Nhat-thanh and Pham Thanh-thuy 3-0 (67-33, 74-7, 81-13).
Chuan Leong will be hoping to become the first Malaysian snooker player to claim a double at the SEA Games in 20 years.
Sam Chong, the man he partnered to win the doubles title in Palembang four years ago, was the last player to have achieved the rare feat when he led Malaysia to their best-ever seven-gold haul at the 1995 Games in Chiang Mai.
Chuan Leong was quick to credit Keen Hoo for making it possible.
“I have to thank Keen Hoo, who has been brilliant,” said 2014 Asian champion Chuan Leong.
“He was simply unstoppable in the third frame today ... he cleared the table and I didn't have to do anything.
“I’m glad that he has rediscovered his form in time for the doubles competition. I guess he badly wanted to make amends after his first round exit in the singles competition.
In the men’s 9-ball pool singles, former Asian Games bronze medallist Ibrahim Amir failed to get past the quarter-finals after losing 9-6 to Vietnam’s Do Hoang-quan.
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