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'Ice Man' Wins World Dart Championship - 2001-10-29


A man known as the "Ice Man" has kept his cool to win one of the biggest darts tournaments in the world. Alan Warriner has won his first major title by claiming the World Grand Prix in Dublin,in front of a thousand fervent Irish fans.

It's almost a cliché that the Irish love their sport. Hundreds gathered around the television screens at the Dublin venue just to watch the Breeders Cup on semi-finals night. There was no distraction for the final, and it was a raucous atmosphere which greeted Warriner's first trophy at the world level, having been beaten in four previous finals.

He defeated the Dutchman Roland Scholten by a commanding eight sets to two and then dedicated the win to his father,who died earlier in the year.

It seemed the 39-year old was blessed during the event, rarely playing his best, but finding a series of matches swinging in his favor.

It is a close-knit family at the darts competition. The majority of players applauded a long overdue win for one of the game's undoubted best players. Indeed, he has now been named the world number one.

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