The ‘Ally Pally’ World Darts Championships wowed audiences in Great Britain. The German has once again proven his class.
German darts professional Gabriel Clemens wins the World Cup in London, and is in the last 16 for the second time. On Tuesday evening, the 39-year-old from Saarland defeated Welshman Jim Williams 4:3 in a dramatic and high-profile match. In doing so, he received a prize money of £35,000 (about €40,000).
The “German giant”, as Clemens calls him, has a chance to be the first German in World Cup history to reach the quarter-finals in the Round of 16 against Danny Noppert (Netherlands) and Alan Souttar (Scotland). The date for the match has not yet been decided, but it will take place before the end of the year. Brandenburg’s Martin Schindler still has a chance of reaching the last 16, as he meets Michael Smith of England on Wednesday.
Clemens was supported by around 3,000 fans at Alexandra Palace from the start, a surprisingly large number of whom were from Germany. “Oh, how sweet” even before the game begins. And the German number one contributed to the mood with a solid start. Clemens won the first and third sets, and his impressive 157-point finish delighted the crowd.
But the match remained open because the Welshman Williams convinced him again after a surprising victory over former European champion James Wade. In the fourth set, Clemens missed two darts to take a 3:1 lead, and the slight outsider equalized again. Williams took over and even had a dart in the match, but then the match turned and Clemens went on to win.
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