A Belgian crowned darts world champion


Andy "The Beast" Baetens outclassed his opponent in the final of the WDF Darts World Cup and is the first Belgian to become world champion in this sport.

Like the majority of players on the WDF (World Darts Federation) circuit, Andy Baetens is not a professional. When he is not enjoying his spare time, this man from Aalst (in the province of East Flanders) works in a supermarket. Nevertheless, in the last few months, he has been training like a man possessed to achieve his dream in this sport, which is usually played in the back of pubs.

Since September, the 34-year-old Belgian has won all the darts competitions he has taken part in and arrived as the favourite at the Darts World Cup, traditionally held at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, a small Surrey town located approximately 50 km south-west of London, in England.

In the final, the man nicknamed 'The Beast' made short work of his opponent, the Dutchman Chris Landman, who had himself knocked out two former world champions before facing the Belgian. Indeed, Andy Baetens won very easily with a score of six sets to one!

For the record, in the previous rounds, our new world champion had in turn beat the Pole Bialecki, the Scotsman Stone, the Australian Tata and the Swede Nilsson to reach the final.

Congratulations to this likeable Belgian for his new world crown!