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Luke Littler: Who is the 16-year-old taking the World Darts Championship by storm – and celebrating with a kebab? | UK News

Sixteen-year-old Luke Littler is stealing the show at the World Darts Championship – and is now tipped as one of the favourites for the title.

Nicknamed “The Nuke”, the teenager’s sensational performances have seen him become the youngest player to reach the last 16 and have won plaudits from his idol Phil “The Power” Taylor.

He is now set to face darts legend Raymond van Barneveld, who is 40 years his senior, for a place in the quarter-finals.

Here’s everything you need to know about the sport’s new prodigy – from learning to play in nappies as a toddler to his celebratory meals going viral.

Playing darts at 18 months old

Luke Littler celebrates after winning against Christian Kist (not pictured) on day six of the Paddy Power World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Wednesday December 20, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story DARTS World. Photo credit should read: Zac Goodwin/PA Wire...RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only, no commercial use without prior consent from rights holder.

He may only be a teenager but Littler, from Warrington, Cheshire, has been practising his throwing for some time.

He told Sky News: “There’s a video on YouTube of me when I was 18 months in a nappy listening to Raymond van Barneveld’s music, listening to Phil Taylor’s music, doing their celebrations.

“That’s when it started – 18 months and in a nappy on a magnetic board.

“[Aged] four or five I was on a proper board but it was a bit low and then about seven to eight (years old), that’s when I started playing [at] the proper height and the proper length. So it’s just been all darts in my life so far.”

Talent is one thing, but having the right support system to nurture it is just as important.

The teen clearly thinks a lot of his parents, who he says are “proud” of what he’s achieved so far.

“They just can’t believe (it), I can’t believe it myself,” he told Sky News.

“But it’s just good to have a set of parents who are supportive and that are always there for me and I’ve got a good management team around me. So it’s just the best group of people that can be around me, to be honest.”

Viral celebrations

A photo of Littler celebrating his first round win at the PDC World Dart Championships with a kebab went viral on social media.

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This notice was published: 2023-12-22 12:57:00

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