Amputee Ricky Chilton wins world wheelchair darts title

Ricky Chilton
Chilton did not lose a set until he reached the semi-finals

Ricky Chilton, who had his leg amputated because of bone cancer, has won the world wheelchair darts title.

The 41-year-old from St Ives in Cornwall took the title in Hull seven years after losing his left leg by beating Manchester's Phil Lees 3-2 at the Winmau World Masters.

"I almost gave up on playing darts because I thought I could never do it again," he told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"But then I thought 'why should I be beaten by something like that?'."

The feat was made all the more remarkable as Chilton had to re-train himself to throw darts from a wheelchair, as he usually plays standing up using his crutches.

Wheelchair players throw from a standard oche, but the bullseye is lower by around 15 inches.

"It took a bit of getting used to," Chilton said of playing sitting down.

"I had to learn where to throw and how to throw, I had to change everything, but I wasn't going to let it beat me.

"Sometimes when I play you think I'd have never thrown a dart before, but I have more good days than bad days and occasionally it goes back to the old standard I used to play at.

"It's unbelievable, it's only really just sinking in," added Chilton, who plays for Penzance's Buffalo Club.

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