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Van Gerwen wins third straight European darts title

Michael van Gerwen and Mensur Suljovic

The flamboyant Mensur Suljovic (right) was appearing in his first televised major final

Michael van Gerwen won his third successive European Championship title with a record-breaking 11-1 demolition of Mensur Suljovic in Belgium.

World number one Van Gerwen averaged 111.62, the highest in a televised ranking final, as he took little over 30 minutes to beat the Austrian.

The 27-year-old Dutchman has now won 22 titles in 2016, including the UK Open, World Matchplay and World Grand Prix.

“I played absolutely phenomenally in the final,” said Van Gerwen.

“Everything I wanted went in and I’m absolutely over the moon. I’m feeling great about this performance.

“Mensur is the most underestimated player in the PDC, I think, and he’s a top-class player. This was his first final, but he is someone we have to look out for.”

Suljovic, 44, who beat 16-time world champion Phil Taylor in the quarter-finals in Hasselt, is now ranked seventh in the PDC order of merit and on course for a place in the 2017 Premier League.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/darts/37823324