Teenage sensation Luke Littler is poised to make history on Wednesday as he aims to become the youngest player ever to clinch the World Darts Championship. The 16-year-old, making his debut at the prestigious event, has captivated audiences with his unexpected journey to the final at London’s Alexandra Palace, where he will square off against Luke Humphries.
Unseeded Littler has already ousted two former world champions, Raymond van Barneveld and Rob Cross, securing a guaranteed prize of £200,000 ($250,000). If he triumphs over Humphries, set to become the world No.1, his prize money will soar to £500,000 ($630,000).
Reflecting on his remarkable run, Littler expressed his excitement, saying, “It would be unbelievable to win this title. I set myself the target to win one game and be back after Christmas, and I’m still here. I can’t even imagine lifting that trophy yet though. I’ve just got to stay focused, relax, and be Luke Littler.”
At just 16, Littler is already the youngest player to reach the final, surpassing Michael van Gerwen, who won the championship at 24 in 2014. Regardless of the outcome against Humphries, Littler is poised to be a future contender for major titles.
His performances at the World Championship have not only surprised many but also elevated his fame, garnering attention from celebrities like Arsenal players Declan Rice and Aaron Ramsdale. Littler’s on-stage showmanship has delighted rowdy crowds, while his down-to-earth nature off the stage has added to his charm.
Discussing his preparation for the final, Littler revealed he would stick to the routine that served him well thus far. “In the morning I’ll go for my ham and cheese omelette, then later a pizza and then practice on the board,” he shared.
In the semifinals, Littler defeated 2018 champion Rob Cross 6-2, while Humphries secured a convincing 6-0 victory over Scott Williams. Humphries, with three major titles in the two months leading up to the World Championship, was already anticipated to make a significant impact in the tournament.