Split image of Luke Littler on stage at the World Darts Championship

It's the story that has gripped the sporting world over the festive period and now beyond.

Luke Littler, a 16-year-old dartist from Warrington, UK, made it to the final of the PDC World Darts Championship in his very first appearance at the Alexandra Palace, London.

Unfortunately it wasn't his time to win the entire tournament, with fellow Englishman Luke Humphries taking home the trophy in a 7-4 win.

En route to the final, Littler knocked out former world champions such as Rob Cross, Raymond Van Barneveld and Christian Kist.

And it was in that opening match against Kist that he also became a two-time Guinness World Records title holder.


At the age of 16 years and 333 days, Littler became the youngest person to win a match at PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 whitewash of the former BDO World Champion.

It was a huge statement from the youngster, who then admitted he'd be having a post-match meal at a local kebab shop to celebrate.

His average of 106.2 is also the highest average in a PDC World Darts Championship debut match. The average is what a player scores across three darts throughout the entire match.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be for Littler in the final against world number one Luke Humphries.

If Littler had beaten Humphries, he would have become the youngest person to win the PDC World Darts Championship but that record will remain with Michael Van Gerwen who won the tournament aged 24 in 2014.

Both players have previously won the PDC World Youth Championship, with Humphries claiming the title in 2019 whereas Littler is the current champion.

The pair previously met in a competition in a pub back in 2019, when Littler was just 12 years old. 

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