Petersen is the African darts warrior

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Johannesburg - South Africa's Devon Petersen has become the first African to win a major European darts title.

Thirty-three- year-old Petersen won a professional Darts Corporation (PDC) in Europe last weekend.

Petersen beat Dutchman Danny Noppert 7-4 in the semi-finals before the darts king halted Gerwyn Price's bid to win a fourth successive PDC tournament, coming back from 5-1 down to end the Welshman's 17-match winning streak.

"It's been a long time coming. I've been working hard, it feels like a lifetime … It's been hard work behind the scenes. Lockdown means we've had more time practising, there are loads of people who've influenced my game and this is the polished version - but I don't even feel like I'm there yet," said Petersen.

He also said, "The last two or three years have been the hardest where you are competing against the level of Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, there's loads of names and Peter Wright ... and you just feel as though you are not going to get there because they are improving all the time.

“I played in the Autumn Series and I lost out to Gerwen Price and I missed three or four darts to win and I just think that spurred me on today. Sometimes you just feel like you're never going to get there because the players out there are so good.”

Petersen pocketed £25,000 (US$32,000) for the victory and said it was “amazing to be a champion.”  

"To stand on this stage as a PDC champion in front of fans is just fantastic, it's a very special night for me."

Petersen turns his attentions to the World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts in October and November respectively.

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