World Snooker Championship 2016: Final Results, Prize Money and Reaction

Tom Beck@@twjbeckContributor IMay 2, 2016

England's Mark Selby poses with the trophy after beating China's Ding Junhui in the final of the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible theatre in Sheffield, northern England, on May 2, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Mark Selby lifted the 2016 World Snooker Championship title after beating Ding Junhui 18-14 at the legendary Crucible Theatre on Monday.   

He becomes a multiple world champion in the process, adding to his 2014 crown with a sensational fourth-session triumph over his Chinese opponent.

The world No. 1 was forced to work hard for his victory in the evening session as he saw his 14-11 lead reduced to just a one-frame advantage on two occasions. However, Ding was never able to make up the ground following his 6-0 deficit in Sunday's opening session and ended the match second-best.

The high-quality encounter proved to be tense and entertaining in equal measure over the two-day contest, as Selby held on to win the final two frames of the match to secure his second world title. 

Read on for the list of prize money available as well as a full recap of Monday's action from Sheffield.

2016 World Snooker Championship Prize Money
AchievementPrize
Winner£330,000
Runner-up£137,500
Semi-Final£66,000
Quarter-Final£33,000
Last 16£22,000
Last 32£13,250
Source: Worldsnooker.com

Selby Seals Second World Title

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Following on from Sunday night's mammoth 67-minute final frame, both men returned to the arena looking refreshed, with Ding taking the opening gambit as he looked to close down Selby's 10-7 advantage.

The Chinese cueist took the opening frame of the day's play with an impressive break of 89 before closing the gap to just one frame, clearing the table from the last red in a 50-minute battle.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Mark Selby plays a shot against Ding Junhui during the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theatre on May 02, 2016 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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But the world's top-ranked player returned to form immediately after to score a wonderful 126 and regain his two-frame lead.

Ding then marked his fourteenth century of the tournamentmoving two away from the competition record—with a break of 103 to move within one of his opponent at 11-10.

England's Mark Selby plays a shot during the third session of the World Snooker Championship final against China's Ding Junhui  at the Crucible theatre, in Sheffield, northern England on May 2, 2016. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAU
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Selby responded with a break of 52 and a 68 clearance to ensure he would end the third session with an advantage before his Asian opponent again stopped the rot. 

The Jester from Leicester was forced to play with an extension on his extended cue to reach a red over the bottom-right corner of the table, as BBC Sport displayed on social media:

2010 champion Neil Robertson felt the final two frames of the session would prove pivotal in the outcome of the final:

A horrible kick off the pink enabled Ding to return to the table and take the penultimate frame of the afternoon, as Selby expressed his annoyance at the misfortune by swinging his cue as he saw his lead reduced.

The final frame of the session went the way of Selby, who advanced to the snookers-required stage with a 60-point advantage as Ding failed to recover the deficit before conceding.

Both players returned from their 90-minute break for the concluding session of this year's championship, and it was the former champion who drew first blood.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Ding Junhui walks into the arena ahead of the final session of the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theatre on May 02, 2016 in Sheffield, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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He followed that up with a sublime clearance of 33, stealing the frame victory off Ding to move 16-11 ahead, two frames away from the title.

He was almost guilty of letting his good work go to waste on the black after gaining poor position off the pink but managed to cut the final ball into the corner, as World Snooker praised his display:

But Ding showed great temperament and composure to continue piling on the pressure, taking frame 28 with some positional play around the table, scoring 73 in the process.

Aided by the guidance of former champion Terry Griffiths as his coach, the Chinese potter showed great composure to win his second successive frame with a break of 70 before heading into the mid-session interval.

Ding closed the gap to Selby to just two after the pause in action as he fired in a 103 break. That century took the tournament's century total to 86, matching last year's record amount, as shown by Live Snooker:

Selby edged the next 51-minute marathon frame to put one hand on the trophy before finishing off with a break of 71 to become only the 13th multiple world champion in the history of the sport.