Snakebite’s run­ner-up no more

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - DARTS

PeTeR Wright said he can­not wait for the first time he is in­tro­duced as darts’ new world cham­pion.

‘Snakebite’ Wright clinched his first ti­tle at the Alexan­dra Palace by beat­ing favourite Michael Van Ger­wen 7-3.

The 49-year-old, who had lost in 10 pre­vi­ous ma­jor tele­vised fi­nals, said it had been a tri­umph for pa­tience and per­se­ver­ance.

When asked how he felt hav­ing slept on his ca­reer-chang­ing vic­tory, Wright told PDC Darts: “On top of the world. World cham­pion! It’s got a good ring to it, hasn’t it?

“I can’t wait for the first place I go to when they an­nounce me cham­pion of the world.

It’s go­ing to be goose-bumps all over. I’ll have to try and keep the emo­tions in, for the first time. I’m re­ally happy.”

Wright, based in Mend­ham, Suffolk, but who rep­re­sents Scot­land af­ter be­ing born in Liv­ingston, could count the UK Open in 2017 as his only ma­jor ti­tle be­fore hold­ing his nerve against world num­ber one Van Ger­wen.

“In­stead of peo­ple say­ing: ‘The crazy guy with the crazy hair, all he is is a run­ner-up, he’s only won the UK Open’, they can’t say that any­more, can they?” Wright said.

“I can’t wait for (PDC master of cer­e­monies) John McDon­ald to an­nounce me as world cham­pion. That’s go­ing to be cool.”

New champ Peter Wright with his tro­phy

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