Oldest slinger in town: Paul Lim vows to continue flying the flag for the over 60s in world darts

Lim raises a glass to the Ally Pally crowd (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Paul Lim insists he has no plans to bow out of professional darts in the near future and will continue to chase his darting dream into his late 60s.

The legendary 63-year-old proved that age is just a number as he rolled back the years to defeat former Lakeside Champion Mark Webster in a deciding set thriller in Round One of the World Championship on Monday.

Lim had come through a Preliminary Round tie against Hong Kong's Kai Fan Leung earlier in the evening but showed little sign of fatigue as he returned to storm through an epic contest with the Welsh left-hander.

Lim shot to fame by hitting the first televised nine-darter at Lakeside back in 1990 and has enjoyed a lengthy career which has seen him travel the world to compete in both steel-tip and soft-tip competitions.

Having made his Lakeside debut back in 1982, Lim is appearing in his 22nd World Championship and admits his passion for the game is as strong as ever.

"I think I'm enjoying myself in this tournament more than anything else," said Lim. "Nobody knows how much I love this game.

"I'm not young anymore, I know one day sooner or later it's going to stop but until that day and when I still feel excited about darts, it makes me wish I was 20 years younger.

"I work for an electronic darts company but I spend a lot of time with a steel-tip dartboard at home.

"I would play darts when I cannot sleep.

"Every time I can't sleep I will get up and play darts."

Lim captured the hearts of an adoring Alexandra Palace crowd in his late-night win over Webster and hopes to feed off more inevitable support when he returns to face third seed Gary Anderson on Friday.

Lim was part of the Singapore team that defeated Anderson's Scottish side in the opening round of June's PDC World Cup and is hoping to repeat the dose on the two-time World Champion.

"I hope he's forgotten about what happened a few months ago!" joked Lim. "I've known Gary for a long time, he's a gentleman.

"I just want to go up there, play well and enjoy it and hopefully beat him again, there's always a chance.

"I wish the same crowd could be here on Friday!

"In the early days there was never a crowd like that, it has changed so much now.

"You cannot stop thousands of people having fun and not saying a word so deal with it or get out of this game, that's what I would say."

Born in Singapore, Lim settled in California but is now based in Hong Kong - where he works as a consultant for electronic darts giant Darts Live.

A pioneer of soft-tip darts, Lim says he finds the transition between the two versions of the sport a straightforward one, despite their obvious differences.

"It's not much different to snooker and pool," claimed the Asian darting stalwart. "A good snooker player could play pool but a good pool player might not be a good snooker player.

"The main differences are the target and the distance.

"To me, if a player lets the mindset of it being different affect them then it will be different.

"It's still about hand-eye co-ordination and how consistent you are, that's what darts is all about."

Lim is the oldest player to feature in a PDC World Championship since John MaGowan (67) in 2008.

While he retains a passion for the sport, Lim's soft-tip commitments logistically restrict him from competing in steel-tip competition with the PDC, though he has refused to rule out more appearances in 2018.

"The PDC World Championship is the cream of all darts tournaments and to be a part of it is a real honour.

"I have a good job with Darts Live, I've worked for them for eight years and they've just renewed my contract for another two.

"If they hadn't have renewed my contract this year, I would definitely have gone to Q School in January.

"But because I have a job for another two years I can't really chase the tour but I will play in tournaments whenever I can.

"The PDC is going to have an Asian tour soon so next year I will definitely be chasing the Asian tour. 

"I'm 63 years old now, how many more years can I play? I really don't know.

"But until the day I don't feel excited about darts, I will keep going. What have I got to lose?"



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