Darts: do you know the “nine-darter”? The incredible performance of Michael Smith in the final of the World Championships


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You probably don’t know it, but Michael Smith became world darts champion on Tuesday January 3 in London. The Briton achieved an incredible performance: register 501 points in nine darts, at the expense of the triple Dutch world champion Michael Van Gerwen (7-4).

Some people crumble under the pressure, others sublimate. This is the case of Michael Smith. At home, the Briton became world darts champion on Tuesday, January 3 against Dutchman Michael Van Gerwen (7-4). Aged 32, he offered his first world title of his career after two second places (in 2019 and 2022). And how. The Briton achieved what is called a “nine-darter”: erase 501 points from a round in nine darts.

The London public was conquered
AFP – ADRIAN DENNIS

Thirteen players have already achieved this feat, but Michael Smith did it in the final of the World Championships. The class. After losing the first set, he took the course of the meeting on his own from the second set, the one he made history.

THE BEST LEG OF ALL TIME! ?ud83dudd25

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN MISSES D12 FOR A NINE-DARTER, AND THEN SMITH PINS A PERFECT LEG HIMSELF!

ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS YOU’LL EVER SEE IN SPORT. pic.twitter.com/WyKWFcxq5V

—PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 3, 2023

Only Adrian Lewis in 2011 managed to achieve such a performance in the final of the World Championships. This is to say the feat accomplished by Michael Smith who continued on the momentum of his “nine-darter” to win. He started the year 2023 all smiles by becoming the world number 1 in the discipline.




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