Darts: Dutchman Van Gerwen claims second world crown
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[January 03, 2017]
LONDON (Reuters) - World number
one Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands won his second PDC World
Darts Championship title with a 7-3 win over holder Gary Anderson at
a sold-out Alexandra Palace on Monday.
The 27-year-old Van Gerwen never looked in any real danger against
Scotland's Anderson during a contest that included 42 maximums of
180 - a world record for a single darts match.
"I feel absolutely over the moon. I had to find my A game," 'Mighty
Mike' Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. "My average of 108 says it all -
it was incredible for everyone."
An intruder who climbed on to the stage in the ninth set seemed to
briefly break Van Gerwen's concentration but the Dutchman ended a
three-year wait for a second world title by hitting the bullseye to
seal a comfortable victory.
World number two Anderson, 46, was aiming to match Eric Bristow
(1984-86) and Phil Taylor (1995-2002 & 2004-06) by becoming the
third man to win three successive world titles.
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Michael van Gerwen reacts during the match Mandatory Credit: Action
Images / Peter Cziborra Livepic
well deserved for Michael with the year he's had, but I've had a
good three years," said Anderson. "At 2-2 I just started to drop and
(Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Larry Fine)
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