Darts-em in salzburg: clemens german hopefuls

darts-em in salzburg: clemens german hopefuls

A former rugby rugby player becomes world champion, the former tiler dominates the rankings and an "eggplant king" suddenly takes center stage.

In the world’s top darts scene, many marquee chapters have taken place in recent years. They were about muscleman gerwyn price, who stormed from the rugby field to the world cup trophy. About michael van gerwen and his fantastic rise, and about dirk van duijvenbode, who celebrated his professional activity on an eggplant farm to such an extent that it became an absolute marketing coup.

Clemens overtakes hopp

However, the sport of darts, which is not lacking in sensations, has so far left out one chapter: the very rough throw of a german player, who turns the enthusiasm, which usually only germinates during the world championships in december, into a small hype. An awakening experience for the trendy sport, which is often consumed as an entertaining distraction and party event during the christmas season. At the european championships in salzburg, there will be a.00 o’clock/DAZN and sport1) once again the chance for such a coup and the natural candidate for it is no longer max hopp but gabriel clemens.

The 38-year-old from saarlander is not too grief-stricken about missed opportunities, but is satisfied with the development of his sport. "I think we already have a rough public perception. Darts is becoming more and more popular in germany," the "german giant" told the german press agency ahead of the open championships in salzburg, which will start with a duel with australia’s damon heta. Clemens admits that the big german triumph is still missing. "But it may yet come – from me or another german."

Played among the world’s top 25

In 2018, hopp reached the semifinals of the european championship, where he failed in dramatic fashion. Since then, clemens has come up trumps more and more and – passing hopp – has played his way into the top 25 in the world. His development is ongoing, but so far he is not making any big leaps. "My goal was to establish myself in the top 32. I succeeded," said clemens, whose highlight last year was a world championship victory over the then defending champion peter wright. But even after that, there will be no rough talk.

Behind clemens, who will also be germany’s main hope at the world championships in december in london after the european championships, something has definitely shifted. Long-time hopeful hopp did not qualify for the european championship. He experiences a difficult year and also has to fear a world championship exit. "Max is in a bit of a slump at the moment, but i’m sure he’ll bounce back," clemens said of his partner at the world team championships, when he reached the quarterfinals.

European championship debut for hempel

Instead, florian hempel will be playing on thursday (22.30 o’clock) celebrate his european championship debut and play directly against the bird of paradise wright, who is after all the defending champion. "On paper, wright is naturally the heavy favorite. Nobody expects a win from me," hempel told the specialist portal "checkout – der darts-podcast. But the 31-year-old has certain long-term ambitions, as he stressed before the biggest match of his career so far. "I don’t want to remain the underdog forever. I like to work my way up the world rankings and more often be the favorite in a match."

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