Salzburg Germany’s best darts professional Gabriel Clemens is satisfied with the development of his sport in this country.
“I think we already have a lot of public awareness. Darts is becoming more and more popular in Germany, “said the 38-year-old Saarland native of the German press agency.
Before the start of the European Championship in Salzburg on October 14th (8:00 p.m. / DAZN and Sport1), Clemens admitted that the really big German coup had not yet taken place. “But he can still come – from me or another German,” adds Clemens.
In 2018, Max Hopp made it into the EM semi-finals in Dortmund and thus achieved one of the greatest successes. This time Clemens is challenged in the first round against the Australian Damon Heta. Because these are open European championships, players from other continents are also allowed to take part. Clemens directly dampened expectations: “If I play a good game and lose, I can live with it.”
Florian Hempel is the second German player to take part. Late on Thursday evening (10.30 p.m.) he will face the Scottish ex-world champion and defending champion Peter Wright. The title holder will be chosen at the four-day event on Sunday evening. This time, Hopp did not qualify for the tournament with 32 starters.
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