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Brilliant Baetens beats Landman to become Belgium’s first Darts World Champion

Andy Baetens lived up to his billing as tournament favourite by comfortably beating Chris Landman 6-1 to win the 2023 CT1 WDF Lakeside World Championship.

‘The Beast from the East’ came racing out of the blocks in the final, averaging more than a ton as he won the first two sets without dropping a leg.

Landman got on the board in the third set with checkouts of 56 and 81 but Baetens reeled in the big fish to level the set before winning the next leg in 15 darts to move 3-0 ahead.

Former Dutch international Landman did claim the fourth set but would only win two more legs from that point, with Baetens taking the next two sets 3-1 to move 5-1 up.

Baetens kicked off the seventh set with a 146 finish, his fourth ton-plus checkout of the match, and then won the next two legs in 18 and 13 darts to take the seventh set 3-0 and win the match 6-1 with a 93.69 average.

Baetens, who finished the final with six 180s, is the first-ever Darts World Champion from Belgium and heads back to his native country with the £50,000 top prize in his possession.

Photo Credit: Chris Sargeant / Tip Top Pics

'The Beast from the East' produces six 180s and four ton-plus finishes in the final
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