"The old guy did it!" - Peter Wright sets sights on third world title after European Championship win

Peter Wright walked away with the final victory at the European Championship on Sunday night. The 53-year-old Scot was too strong in the final, 11-6, thus becoming the winner of the European title just like in 2020.

''That was tiring but yeah, it's fantastic to come away the winner," Wright commented to the press afterwards. ''Me and James, we both struggled. I don't know what it was but as soon as he started to hit something I hit something so I think we were just waiting for each other to go."

For Wright, it is the eighth major title in his career, and his first since his world title in early 2022. ''It's just another trophy, another title. I know I can win you know, it's just if I put the hard work in. I can win these tournaments not playing well either. We've got all the other ones coming up soon and hopefully I'll get the consistency better and learn how to throw these darts properly."

The Scot had had a very mediocre season so far. He finished last in the Premier League Darts table and hadn't yet been able to reach a semi-final at the ranking majors. Wright seemed headed for a free fall in the world rankings, but has done himself a good service with this title victory.

''I knew deep down it would happen again," Wright says. "It was just whether it would be this soon because the form this year has been terrible, averages below 80 sometimes. It's only the past month or so that I've been hitting that form again."

At the World Darts Championship, Wright will have to defend half a million in prize money, as he became world champion two years ago. With a European title under his belt, ''Snakebite'' is now aiming his arrows at a third world title. ''They all know I'm pretty good when I turn up. I'm hard work to beat if you are going to beat me. I believe I can. I'll just sneak up."

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