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Meath 17-Year-Old Crowned World Junior Darts Champion

Meath 17-Year-Old Crowned World Junior Darts Champion

Keane Barry won the World Junior Darts Championship at Alexandra Palance on Saturday.

The 17-year-old, who hails from Duleek in County Meath, beat Czech opponent Adam Gawlas 5-3.

Barry made his debut in the senior championship on Monday night, losing in straight sets to Dutchman Vincent van der Voort, a man who made his own debut in the tournament five months before the Irishman was born.

"It's everything that I've ever dreamed of, to be a world champion," said Barry after Saturday's victory.

It's the last year I could do it and to get the win is an amazing feeling.

It's been very busy but very enjoyable as well. Everything is going right for me and I'm playing really good darts. The hard work is starting to pay off.

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Barry added that his taste of playing at the top level has whetted, not sated his appetite.

One of his next steps will be attempting to win a full tour card at the PDC's Q School event.

"If I don't get a tour card, it isn't the end of the world," said the teenager.

"There's the Challenge Tour and Development Tour next year. It's a really exciting year ahead."

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