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.