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  Sunday, 13 January, 2002, 21:07 GMT
David claims world darts crown
Tony David celebrates his Embassy World final win
Tony David celebrates his Embassy World final win
T David (Aus) 6-4 M King (Eng)
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By BBC Sport Online's Saj Chowdhury at the Lakeside Country Club

Tony David sealed a magnificent week by winning the Embassy World Championship, but only after fending off a brave fightback by Mervyn King.

The Australian needed to win just one more set after establishing a 5-1 lead, but back came the fourth seed to take three sets in succession.

David, who himself had produced two epic comebacks this week, looked as if he had thrown away his chance of glory.

But in the 10th set and with the scores at 2-2, David was left with a double top which he put away with his third dart.


I just wish I could have played half as well as he did
Mervyn King
"This is unbelievable," David told BBC Sport. "It's something I have always wanted.

"I had several darts to win it but Mervyn kept coming back."

The 25th final of the Embassy Darts World Championship proved to be a contest where David faced the awesome task of beating Goliath, in the guise of King.

The Englishman, seeded four, was 3-1 odds on to win the match, while David's price was out at 9-4.

The crowd at the Lakeside Country Club must have wondered whether David, who defeated seeds Bob Taylor and Martyn Adams en route to the final, could produce another miracle.

The first set began at a blistering pace with both players making 180s and taking the scores to 2-2 before David clinched the opener.

But back came King in the second to win 3-1 and level the contest.

Mervyn King came close but failed to recover from a poor start
Mervyn King came close but failed to recover from a poor start
David, who suffers from a blood clotting disorder that restricts his arm movement, made it clear this week that his disability has made him strive even harder in the sport.

This resilience, along with a bit of luck, came to the fore in the fifth leg of the third set when he held on to make a 40 checkout at the seventh attempt.

King appeared to be shell-shocked at the Queenslander's uncanny habit of finishing with a double top.

David cruised to a 3-0 score in the fourth leg, before sealing the fifth 3-1 to take a 4-1 lead into the interval.

King had a chance to reduce the deficit after the short break, establishing a two-leg lead in the sixth set.

But back came David, cheered on by the Lakeside crowd, to level and then win the set.

Missed chances

David looked set to seal the championship in the seventh set, but with the scores at 2-2 King came out with a crucial double 16 to keep himself in the match.

He was once again let off the hook when David missed a double top - a shot he had regularly been hitting.

King was now making big scores and it was David's turn to feel the pressure - possibly for the first time in this tournament.

The ninth set was also taken to five legs but David again missed his favourite double top with the match in his grasp.

But the Australian finally made his advantage count in the 10th set, sealing a memorable victory with a 40 checkout.

King fought back strongly but admitted after the match that the best man had won.

"He played some tremendous darts," said King. "I just wish I could have played half as well as he did."

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