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SA’s Petersen becomes first African to win major world darts championship

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According to reports, before the German Darts Championship, Devon Petersen hadn’t won a game on the European Tour since July 2017.

Devon Petersen from Mitchell’s Plain has won an international darts championship. pic from facebook

CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s Devon Petersen became the first African player to win a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) ranking event at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Sunday.

The South African defeated Welshman Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final at performance and event venue Halle 39 before lifting the European Tour title in front of fans, reported the PDC official website.

According to reports, before the German Darts Championship, Devon Petersen hadn’t won a game on the European Tour since July 2017.

Clayton was ranked 19th in the PDC Order of Merit, 32 places above the South African going into the final, according to BBC Sport.

The report further revealed that 34-year-old Petersen stormed into a 4-1 lead and went on to win. Dubbed the “African Warrior”, Petersen beat Dutchman Danny Noppert 7-4 in the semi-finals.

“I’ve been working hard for what feels like a lifetime. Without doubt, this is an incredible moment in my life”; said Petersen, who will take on Jose De Sousa in round one of the World Grand Prix.

Messages of congratulations for Petersen dominated social media with many saying the South African finally got what he deserved.

English darts champion Joe Cullen said on Twitter: “On another note, wanna give a huge congrats to @devon_petersen he’s been threatening something big for some time now and finally he’s got what he deserves. No one deserves it more than he does! Sacrificed so much and worked as hard as anyone and it’s finally paying off”.

“’I’ve been working hard for what feels like a lifetime, since I was 15-years-old,” said an emotional Petersen during an interview with PDC television.

African News Agency (ANA)