Van den Bergh creates history following World Youth Championship success

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Dimitri van den Bergh (pictured) creates PDC history as he successfully defends his PDC World Youth Championship crown. Photo: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

Dimitri van den Bergh etched his name in the history books as the 24-year old Belgian successfully defended his PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship crown. Van den Bergh enjoyed a superb 6-3 victory over Germany’s no.2 Martin Schindler. 

The Belgian becomes the first player in PDC history to win back-to-back PDC World Youth Championship titles, and he produced a solid display to claim the title. Van den Bergh piled in a stunning 151 finish to open up a 3-0 lead early on, before Schindler came battling back to within two leg of the Belgian, but Dimitri produced a sensational 12-dart leg to see the German off in a great final. 

A 100.15 average, and 40% on the double caps off a solid performance in yet another World final for Van den Bergh who was relaxed, focused and composed on retaining his title. 

“It feels incredible,” said Van den Bergh.

“I knew that I had the chance to make history and this is more beautiful than last year.

“Knowing that I’m back-to-back champion is something I will remember forever. I’m very, very happy that I played like I did because Martin is a fighter.”

Van den Bergh, 24, will now concentrate solely on the senior circuit, and has set his sights on emulating last year’s run to the quarter-finals of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

“In the World Youth Championship I’ve done my best and shown the young players that if you believe in yourself you can follow your dreams,” he added.

“I will be stronger now at the World Championship and will be focused on taking it step by step

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