It is hardly possible to practice professional sports at the age of 61. Darts is an exception. At the current World Cup in London, the English Deta Hedman wants to cause a sensation at this age.
Who gets the sporting chance of a lifetime at the age of 61? Except in darts, this is hardly conceivable in top sport. Deta Hedman, who competes with the martial nickname “The Dark Destroyer”, will compete for the first time this Saturday (20:00 / Sport1 and DAZN) in the Men’s World Cup and could make history against her English compatriot Andy Boulton. Hedman would only be the second woman to win a man’s World Cup if she manages to take a surprise opening win. Fallon Sherrock had two consecutive wins last year.
Much has changed for the 26-year-old with the coup d’état at Alexandra Palace in London. “It was totally crazy in many ways. The start of the year was incredible for me. There was so much media attention,” Sherrock said before the tournament against dpa news agency, for which it barely qualified this time. Then Corona came and Sherrock withdrew. Since she’s wearing a mask in public, she’s been recognized less often, Sherrock said.