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  Tuesday, 8 January, 2002, 22:22 GMT
Walton crashes out of Embassy
John
John "Boy" Walton won the 2001 championship
Colin Monk pulled off the result of the tournament with a 3-2 win over John Walton in the second round of the Embassy World Darts championship.

Walton won last year's event and was favourite to repeat his feat in 2002, but came unstuck to the unseeded Monk.


I've no-one to be afraid of now
Colin Monk
An upset looked unlikely as Walton strolled through the first set, but Monk regrouped and hit back to lead 2-1 as the 'Boy' began to struggle.

Despite drawing level in the fourth set, Walton never looked likely to repeat last year's winning run, and lost the fifth decisively.

Monk was delighted with the result, saying it was the best of his career.

"I've never beaten a reigning champion before and I feel sorry for John, but I've no-one to be afraid of now."

The defeated champion was surprisingly nonchalant about the loss.

"I was just happy to make the last 16," he said.

"Losing doesn't really bother me at the moment. I'm relieved, really. I thought I might go out in the first round against Andy Fordham."

In the last eight, Monk will meet the `Mouth of the South', Wayne Mardle, who recovered from a slow start to beat Sweden's Stefan Nagy 3-1.

Barnie on song

Nagy raced to the opening set, but then the fast-throwing 28-year-old from Dagenham moved into overdrive and soon roared ahead.

"The first set was a washout for me because Stefan slowed me down so much to the point where I thought I just couldn't play against him," said the eighth seed.

"And the second felt like it went on forever. It got to 2-2, he had a dart at double top and I thought that if he hit it, I was in trouble.

"People have said I'm just a front-runner but I've proved them wrong tonight."

Earlier in the day, fifth seed Raymond van Barneveld took just 21 minutes to beat Belgium's Erik Clarys and move into the quarter-finals of the championships.

The Dutchman sped to a 3-0 lead, losing only two legs in the process.

If Clarys had taken his chances in the second set he could have put Van Barneveld under pressure, but 'the Sherrif' faltered at the vital moment.


I've been playing really well for the last three or four months
Raymond van Barneveld

With three darts at double eight needed to level the match at 1-1, Clarys threw his first into double 16, allowing Barneveld the chance to steal the set.

Afterwards, Van Barneveld said he felt his form was improving as the tournament progressed.

"I feel very good," he said.

"In my first match I averaged 33.61 per dart and this time it was 33.78, and I'm enjoying myself. I've been playing really well for the last three or four months."

The destroyer of Bobby George in the first round wouldn't predict how far he could go, but added: "It would be a dream to play Martin Adams in the final."

Van Barneveld now plays Mervyn King in the next round.

King beat Austrian Mensur Suljovic 3-1 in Tuesday's final second round match.

Embassy World Darts highlights are available on demand on BBC Sport Online.

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BBC Sport's David Croft
"A seed had to fall sooner or later"
Colin Monk, who beat John Walton
"I thought I was going to beat him"
Defeated number one seed John Walton
"Colin played absolutely fantastically"
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