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[an error occurred while processing this directive] banner Thursday, 3 January, 2002, 10:55 GMT
Young Swede targets world prize
Sweden's Markus Korhonen has the great honour of being the youngest ever player to toe the famous Embassy World Darts Championship oche
Korhonen is looking to cause a surprise
Sweden's Markus Korhonen has the great honour of being the youngest ever player to toe the famous Embassy World Darts Championship oche.

But that's nowhere near good enough for the ambitious 18-year-old.

Korhonen is keen to be remembered for being the youngest player to lift the most coveted title in darts.

"Getting into the Embassy is like a dream come true," said Korhonen who claimed his place via the notoriously tough qualifying competition where up to 300 players battle for just five places.

"To be the youngest there has been an ambition for me since I started. Now I want to be the youngest to win it."


Steve is a really friendly guy
Korhonen on Steve Coote
It seems a tough ask of the Liverpool football fan when you consider he has barely been playing for three years.

But take a look at some of the scalps he has claimed in that time and you will see why players with greater experience may be quivering in their boots.

No more so than England's Steve Coote who takes on Korhonen in the first round.

Coote has lost to the teenage Swedish star twice - in the Dutch and Finnish Opens.

"Steve is a really friendly guy," recalled Korhonen.

"It's going to be fun to play against him in the Embassy," added the confident young Swede who knocked formidable Phil Taylor out of the Swedish Open with a 3-0 scoreline just two years ago.

Nine-dart trick

Korhonen picked up a set of darts at the age of 15 after giving up football because of a knee injury.

Within six months he had achieved what most players dream of - he hit the magical nine-dart 501 and had one foot on the road to the big time.

Since then he has been crowned youth winner in the Finland, Norway (twice) and Sweden (twice) Opens as well as claiming the Swedish Championship and World Cup mixed pairs honours.

Korhonen, who born in Gothenberg, will travel to the Lakeside with a close friend while mum Tuija Krans and father Tapio and elder sisters Katja and Johanna wait at home for news of the budding star.

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