Gabriel Clemens writes the history of German darts

First time in the quarter-finals of the World Cup
Gabriel Clemens writes the history of German darts

By Kevin Schulte, London

For the first time in the 30-year history of the professional world darts championship, a German is in the quarter-finals: Gabriel Clemens beats Scotsman Alan Soutar 4-1. World number one Gerwyn Price awaits the quarter-finals on New Year’s Day.

About 20 minutes after the game, Gabriel Clemens, the man who made German darts history, arrives in the media room at Alexandra Palace exhausted. “What did Luka Doncic say recently? I need a rest beer now? This is how I have to do it now.”

The Dallas Mavericks basketball superstar treated himself to a cold drink after his 60-point gala and was pictured doing it. Clemens is not a mega-star like the Slovenian, but since December 30 he has played a major role in making darts even more popular in Germany.

Gabriel Clemens achieves the biggest success of his career at the World Darts Championship in London. With the 4:1 victory over Alan Soutar, the “German giant” is now definitely in the history books. Clemens is the first German to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup after being the first German to reach the knockout stages two years ago.

Demonstration of power in the first sentence

At the start of the match against the Scottish semi-professional, there were already indications that things would go even further on this cold and wet December day in London. Soutar, a full-time firefighter, was literally destroyed by Clemens from the first sentence. The first sentence in front of just over 3,000 spectators in “Ally Pally”, including 500 from Germany, is a demonstration of the power of the “German Giant”. The first shot is a 180, in the second leg a high finish succeeds and a few minutes later Clemens pockets the first round in fast forward.

The second set also started well from the world No. 25 perspective, but Soutar suddenly entered out of nowhere with a 104 checkout. too many chances and adapts to the level of play of “Soots”.

After the second set break, however, things looked better for the 39-year-old German, with Clemens 3-0 and taking the set lead 2-1. But again, Soutar won’t be shaken that easily. It is not for nothing that the world number 36 won against top player Danny Noppert in the previous round. The fourth set is contested, the Sarrois trembles against a reinforced Soutar in the deciding round on the last furrow to advance 3:1.

In the fourth set, the game turned into a little darts drama. Three missed match darts gave Soutar the chance to close. The firefighter couldn’t use it. Clemens scored the fourth darts game to win 4:1. Lucky double 20. “I knew I had a good chance if I played my game. This time I made it 3-1, it’s better than going into the break 2-2,” said Clemens , returning to the crucial points after the match.

New Years in London for the first time

For Clemens, the historic success means he will be spending New Year’s Eve in London for the first time. On New Year’s Day, “Gaga” will face world number one Gerwyn Price. “I just won a game and I’m in the quarter-finals now,” Clemens said dryly, as usual after the game. “I’m usually happy when I play Ally Pally again after Christmas. Now I can play again in the new year, you might get used to that.”

The trained locksmith expressly pointed out that other German World Cup participants also played a big role in his success. Other players have also led the way, according to Clemens. “We have a lot of good darts players, it’s not just my part. Everyone who was here at Ally Pally did a lot for Darts Germany.”

The signs are then different than in the round of 16: Clemens is different against Price than against Soutar and can therefore only surprise positively. “Price is of course the favourite, there’s no need to talk about it. I think I feel very comfortable in the role. I want to make life for him as difficult as possible. Of course, I I have the utmost respect. But I don’t. I don’t think I have to hide.”

Price, who had qualified for the quarter-finals the previous night after three lackluster wins, said after beating Jose de Sousa 4-1 he would be at his best in the quarter-finals. “Then I will also unbox my best game,” Clemens told ntv.de.

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