Michael Van Gerwen wins European Championship

Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen hit the fourth televised nine-darter of his career on his way to winning the European Championship

World number one Michael van Gerwen beat Terry Jenkins 11-4 to win the European Championship title in Germany.

The world champion, 25, followed up his World Grand Prix win earlier this month with victory in Muelheim.

Van Gerwen also had the satisfaction of hitting a nine-dart finish in his semi-final success over fellow Dutch player Raymond van Barneveld.

Jenkins, from Ledbury, has lost all nine of the major televised finals in which he has appeared.

The 51-year-old, who also reached the UK Open final in March, said: "It's obviously disappointing to lose, but I'm happy with the way I played this weekend and to reach the final.

"I suppose it's the same old story with losing the final, but to reach another major final is a feather in my cap. A lot of top players have never made one major final, let alone nine, so I can't be too disappointed."

After averaging 111 in his quarter-final win against Dave Chisnall, Van Gerwen was struggling to find top form against Van Barneveld before hitting a nine-darter in the seventh leg of his last-four tie.

And after coming through that match 11-6, he eased to victory over Jenkins to claim the £55,000 first prize.

"It's a fantastic trophy to win and a very special moment for me," said Van Gerwen.

"I'm really happy with how I played throughout the tournament, and the nine-darter was special."

Terry Jenkins
Terry Jenkins had to be content with another runners-up trophy in Muelheim

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