IT was early Christmas for Romit Mahabir after he scooped the Fiji Open Darts Singles title at the Defence Club in Suva yesterday.
Mahabir defeated Atish Prasad 4-1 in the showdown to win his second Fiji Open title after first hoisting the prestigious trophy in 2008.
An elated Suva taxi driver, who won $400 for the win, said it was the perfect Christmas gift for his family.
"I told my wife (Sheetal Mahabir) that I would come back with the trophy. This win is really special to me since it's a national event," Mahabir said.
"My father (Late Vishun Chand Mahabir) introduced me to darts and I want to dedicate this win to him."
Romit defeated Ronald Vijay 3-0 in the semis while Prasad overcame veteran Mere Savu 3-1 to make the final.
Defending champion Atama Vunibola lost to the eventual winner 2-3 in the quarters.
In the plate final, Vuli Vanaisi, who made a comeback after a lapse of a decade, lost to Prem Chand 0-3.
Nadeem Tahir and Dinesh Narayan recorded the highest points of 180 while Prem Chand scored the highest finish of 126.
The two-day annual tournament had 64 participants divided into 16 pools.
Tournament co-ordinator Nyla Alfred was impressed with the level of competition.
She commended the effort of female players.