Michael Smith branded ‘true sportsman’ after dropping leg to Bahraini mechanic

Michael Smith has been hailed for a display of sportsmanship after he surprisingly lost a leg to a veteran Bahraini mechanic.

The new world champion is in the Middle East for the first-ever Bahrain Darts Masters, part of the 2023 World Series, and was drawn to face 62-year-old local qualifier Abdulnasser Yusuf in the first round.

As expected, Bully Boy dominated the first-to-six-legs affair and looked set to complete a whitewash, only to make a mess of the sixth leg and give Yusuf and his unique throwing style the chance to get on the scoreboard.

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To the delight of the home crowd, Yusuf did just that by taking out 60, despite a wayward first dart which cleared double top by a good couple of centimetres.

He followed up with single 20 and tops, a moment which drew applause from Smith as well as the fans inside the Dome at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Smith gestured to the crowd to make some more noise before shaking hands with a delighted Yusuf, who was enjoying the biggest match of his darting life.

The heart-warming moment delighted fans on social media, with one posting: “Bet there's not many on here who could take a leg off Smith so fair play.”

Another wrote: “Nice of Smith to do that with the crowd. He deserved a leg.” A third added: “Michael – what a gentleman. Abdul living the dream.”

One fan commented: “Just shows what Michael Smith is like, true sportsman.” Another wrote: “Class that from Smith, fast becoming one darts greatest ever good guys.”

Smith went on to close out the match 6-1. In the quarter-finals today (Friday), he will face Dimitri Van den Bergh, who was the closest of the PDC contingent to crashing out in round one. The Belgian survived a match dart against Alain Abiabi before edging through 6-5.

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Bahrain Darts Masters

First Round

Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Alain Abiabi

Rob Cross 6-2 Nitin Kumar

Luke Humphries 6-3 Man Lok Leung

Gerwyn Price 6-2 Paul Lim

Peter Wright 6-3 Toru Suzuki

Michael Smith 6-1 Abdulnasser Yusuf

Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Yuki Yamada

Jonny Clayton 6-0 Basem Mahmood


Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Luke Humphries v Raymond van Barneveld

Peter Wright v Rob Cross

Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton

Best of 11 legs


Smith/Van den Bergh v Humphries/Van Barneveld

Wright/Cross v Price/Clayton

Best of 13 legs


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