Sports: ‘I feel like a kid on Christmas morning’ – Lincoln boy, 13, elated as he stuns darts world by beating Phil Taylor

Sports: ‘I feel like a kid on Christmas morning’ – Lincoln boy, 13, elated as he stuns darts world by beating Phil Taylor

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A teenager from Lincoln has stunned the world of darts after overcoming the most successful player in the sport’s history.

Leighton Bennett, 13, swept aside Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor by four legs to one at the SAP Darts Slam in Frankfurt, Germany.

Taylor is a legend of the sport, having won 16 world titles before retiring from competitive action in 2018.

The pair have met previously, with the experienced pro coming out on top .

 

However, this time he had no answer to the rising star, who couldn’t contain his joy after landing a double 16 for the victory.

Bennett, who is the World Youth Champion, told The Sun: “I feel like a kid on Christmas morning – I never believed this was possible.

“I had a great match with Phil at the Tower of London a couple of months ago but he was too good.

“I was so frustrated with myself for letting that chance go.

“Then I drew him again here and told myself I wasn’t going to let this chance slip.

“During the whole match I just kept focused, I didn’t even give Phil any eye contact just so I forgot that I was playing him.”

Leighton Bennett celebrates with his BDO World Darts Youth Championship trophy
Leighton Bennett celebrates with his BDO World Darts Youth Championship trophy
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Bennett went on to lose in the semi-final after being edged out by world number five, Peter Wright.

However, he says he is very much looking towards the future.

He added: “It’s a brilliant win but now I just have to forget about it very quickly.

“I know I leapt up in the air again after the final dart but I need to keep my feet on the ground.”



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