The 16-year-old archer didn't end his sensational campaign with a title, Humphries is world champion

Englishman Luke Humphries became the first world darts champion.

In the championship final at Alexandra Palace in London, he defeated 16-year-old compatriot Luke Littler 7:4 in sets.

In addition to winning the title, he also rose to the top of the world rankings.

Humphries, 28, will receive 500 thousand pounds (14.3 million crowns) for his triumph.

Littler will win 200,000 pounds (5.7 million crowns) and moved from 164th place in the rankings to 31st position.

“I thought I had to prove it this year, because Luke is going to dominate darts for many years to come. I won today, but he will get it soon,” Humphries consoled his defeated opponent.

“Now I’m world champion and world number one, what more could you ask for?” » he added after receiving the cup.

In his elite debut, junior world champion Littler put in some superb performances throughout the three weeks of the tournament, but today he was not enough for his favorite compatriot.

He did not beat the record of the Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, who became champion at 24, but he is clearly the youngest finalist.

“I'm disappointed today, but every match in the tournament was great. The final, for the first time, was incredible,” Littler noted.

Humphries entered the match better, at 2-1, but lost three sets in a row. In the rest of the duel he never hesitated and won 7:4 after the round.

Despite an unconvincing entry into the championship, the third seed finally confirmed his role as big favorite and went on to win three titles in major tournaments in the second half of the season.

Defending champion and former English world number one Michael Smith was eliminated in the round of 16.

Czech archers did not qualify for the championship this time.

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