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Darts

Michael van Gerwen wins second World Darts Championship

Top player Michael van Gerwen easily took home his second World Darts Championship on Monday, defeating reigning champion Gary Anderson. It was van Gerwen's first title in three years.

Top-ranked Michael van Gerwen of the Netherlands took home his second PDC World Darts Championship, easily defeating two-time reigning champion Gary Anderson 7-3 at a sold-out Alexandra Palace Monday.

"I feel absolutely over the moon. I had to find my A game," van Gerwen told Sky Sports after winning. "My average of 108 says it all - it was incredible for everyone."

The win marks van Gerwen's first title since 2014. The match included 42 maximums of 180, a world record for a single darts match.

"It's well deserved for Michael with the year he's had, but I've had a good three years. At 2-2 I just started to drop and got punished," said Anderson, who had 22 of the maximums.

This is van Gerwen's 26th title this season, and it came with 410,000 euros ($429,000) in prize money. Anderson won 188,000 euros for coming in second place.

kbd/cmk (dpa, Reuters)