Kist wins BDO World Championship

Unseeded Dutch player Christian Kist has won the BDO World Championship at his very first attempt at the Lakeside County Club after defeating England’s Tony O’Shea 7-5 in a dramatic final on Sunday evening.

Kist, who only qualified for the World Championship because of a playoff tournament, started slowly and showed nervous in the opening legs of the final as O’Shea raced into a 1-0 lead but Kist fought back and he took a 121 checkout in the fifth set which helped him take a 4-2 lead at the halfway interval in the final.

As the match wore on, the Dutchman displayed his high-scoring averages that he has shown throughout the tournament and O’Shea struggled to compete with the impressive Kist, with the Dutchman racing into an 6-2 lead. However with the crowd on his side, O’Shea fought back and he won six straight legs in a row to leave himself only one set away from Kist at 6-5 but Kist replied and he took out double 16 to win his first World Championship at the age of 25.

An emotional Kist said after the match “I was 6-2 in front and I started to get nervous because Tony fought back so I was delighted to take the last set and win my first world title.”

Kist was an 66/1 outsider before the start of the World Championship and along with winning the BDO World Championship trophy, he takes home a cheque of £100,000.

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