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Second time lucky

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, December 03, 2012

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.


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