On Wednesday, Luke Littler, a darts sensation who is only a teenager, has the opportunity to make even more history by perhaps becoming the youngest player to ever win the World Darts Championship.
Littler, who is only 16 years old, is making his debut in the most prestigious competition in the sport. He has taken the tournament by storm with his improbable run to the final, which will take place at the Alexandra Palace in London. There, he will compete against Luke Humphries.
Raymond van Barneveld and Rob Cross, both of whom were former world champions, have already been knocked out by the unseeded player, who has also assured himself 200,000 pounds ($250,000) in prize money.
If Humphries, who will become world No. 1 as a result of his own run to the final, is defeated, then that amount will increase to 500,000 pounds, which is equivalent to $630,000.
If I were to win this championship, it would be unfathomable. According to Littler, “I set myself the goal of winning one game and coming back after Christmas, and I’m still here.” “However, I can’t even fathom winning that trophy at this point in time. All I need to do is maintain my concentration, unwind, and act like Luke Littler.
It is already the case that Littler is the youngest player to make it to the final. When Michael van Gerwen, who had won multiple championships, became the youngest player to ever win the World Darts Championship in 2014, he was only 24 years old.
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In 2006, Jelle Klaasen was 21 years old when he won the world title of the British Darts Organization, which is no longer in existence.
Littler had already established a significant reputation within the sport prior to his victory in the world youth championship the previous year. However, many people have been caught aback by his performances this year at the World Championship.
It is likely that he will be a candidate for the most prestigious prizes in the future, regardless of whether or not he wins versus Humphries.
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As a result of his increase in recognition, he has garnered the attention of the front page of the newspaper and gained the support of famous people, including Arsenal stars Declan Rice and Aaron Ramsdale.
The fact that he is a humble person off the stage has contributed to his charm, despite the fact that his showmanship on stage has been well received by the noisy crowds that have attended the tournament.
When asked about his preparation for the final, he stated that he will continue to follow the pattern that has been successful for him up until this point.
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He stated, “In the morning, I will go for my ham and cheese omelette, and then later on, I will snack on a pizza, and then I will practice on the board.”
On Tuesday, Littler defeat Rob Cross, the 2018 champion, by a score of 6-2 in his semifinal match, while Humphries prevailed over Scott Williams by a score of 6-0.
Due to the fact that Humphries had won three major titles in the span of two months prior to the World Championship, it was anticipated that he would perform exceptionally well in the competition.