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Adrian Lewis pulls off WDC defence

Posted on 03/01/2012 in Other

Adrian Lewis has successfully defended his title as World Darts Champion with a 7-3 win over Andy Hamilton at Alexandra Palace.

It was only the third occasion a first-time winner of the title had managed to retain the trophy the following year, with Lewis joining the select group of Eric Bristow and Raymond Barneveldt.

And he was close to a second successive nine-dart finish during the final, having pulled off the feat in the semi-final against Gary Anderson.

Lewis, who also picked up a cheque for £200,000, said: "It means the world to me to win the title again.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet but I'm sure it will when I wake up again with the trophy."

Lewis's emergence has contrasted with what may be the fading of one of the sport's great champions, Phil Taylor.

Taylor lost in the last 32 by 4-1 against Dave Chisnall, his first exit at such an early stage in 19 years.

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