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Part-y Time for World Champ

Source: The Sun:

JOHN PART landed the world darts crown tonight after fending off whizkid Kirk Shepherd’s fightback.

Canadian veteran Part won 7-2 to stop the 500-1 Brit outsider becoming the youngest ever champ at 21.

Canadian veteran Part won 7-2 to stop the 500-1 Brit outsider becoming the youngest ever champ at 21.

The 41-year-old said: “It’s unbelievable. I never imagined winning it, to be honest.

“I just came over to have a good tournament. It’s harder as you get older.”

Part led 4-0 in a mediocre start at the Alexandra Palace as Shepherd appeared outclassed, out of form and out of confidence.

But karate black belt Shepherd suddenly kicked into life, closing to 5-2 down with his first 180s of the match and a 160 checkout.

Part steadied himself, though, and won a tight final set three legs to two.

Shepherd’s huge consolation was the ?50,000 runners-up prize.

He said: “I’m so proud – to have come second in the world’s biggest darts competition is amazing.

“The bad start did me. Coming back from that against a player like John is very difficult.”

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