Michael Smith Wins the World Championships After Three Years of Trying

25 May 2023

English Sportsman wins the world championships  

On the 3rd January, English dart player Michael Smith darted his way to the 1st place in Alexandra Palace, in London. He won 7-4 against Michael Van Gerwan from The Netherlands.

Early life

Michael Collin Smith was born on the 18th September 1990 to parents Ian and Sandra. He lived in Cherry Tree Drive, Parr, St Helens throughout his childhood and attended St Cuthbert’s High School nearby. He says “there were fighting, we had lots of users in the streets, so there were lots of drugs, raids and stuff.” He remembers “Of course I had a lot of friends that were users, friends who did stuff. So, it was either stay in and practice or go out and do stupid stuff.” He first fell in love with the sport of rugby. He also stayed a St Helens fan, but throughout his childhood he was always around the traditional pub sports – Dominos, Darts, snooker. One morning, he fell off his bike and broke his hip. From this injury he could no longer play rugby. After seeing his dad practice darts in the pub, he fell in love with the sport. “I instantly fell in love with the game” he says. “That’s why I think I was born to do it.” 


English sportsman Michael Smith won his first PDC major title at the 2022 Grand Slam of Darts, immediately after being runner-up at the world championships (2018, 2019 and 2020). The 2023 Darts World Championship took place at Alexandra Palace, from the 15th December 2022- 3rd January 2023. Where he competed in the finals against Michael van Gerwen where he won his first ever world championship at the age of 32, with a score of 7-4. Michael Smith made a stunning comeback after becoming runner up for the last three years. At the age of 32, Michael Smith became the world champion in 2023. He played against a strong competitor Michael van Gerwen. It was proven by one of the biggest dart betting sites that van Gerwen would win by 88% of the people that watch darts. During the match, Smith made the throw look effortless as he won an astonishing nine-dart win earlier this year.

Praise for Smith

Earlier this morning we interviewed a professor called Marcus (Darts Fan). We asked him several questions to see if he watched the game and knew a bit about it. He stated that it was great to have a different name on the cup and that he was well deserved. He revealed also that he watched some of the games but not the final and thought Smith could have done nothing better and believes he has potential to stay consistent and win the cup again…  

 by Jacob SS and Charlie SW

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