Boris Koltsov has been labelled the "new favourite s***house in darts" after a tempestuous clash with Jermaine Wattimena at the PDC World Championships.
The Russian prevailed 3-0 to secure his first ever win at the Alexandra Palace, and whilst his opponent was left fuming by what he perceived as deliberate slow play – fans lapped up the victor's animated celebrations.
Koltsov took the first two sets and then was 2-0 up on legs in the third, but missed three match darts as Wattimena bounced back to make it 2-2.
However, the Dutchman then wasted two darts at double 18 to take the set and Koltsov took advantage, finally nailing double 10 for the biggest win of his career.
It wasn't so much the 33-year-old's win but his antics that proved popular with fans though, regularly trying to gear up the crowd and encouraging them to make more noise during the contest.
'The Viking' also appeared to be taking ages with his shots, a tactic that riled Wattimena to the extent that he punched the stairs after losing the second set, and after looking visibly unhappy throughout he refused to shake hands afterwards.
In the meantime, those watching on television lauded Koltsov's behaviour on social media, with @TomStirk1992 tweeting "Boris Koltsov is my new favourite s***house in darts, what a bloke."
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@BellenieSport seemed to agree, posting "Boris Koltsov… What. A. Man." while @brimmelljack added "Now Koltsov, he’s some entertainment."
@JCollettCFC meanwhile, perhaps summed up the mood of the nation by comparing him to British Prime Minister and namesake Boris Johnson, writing "Boris Koltsov > Boris Johnson."
The official PDC World Championship account was more measured with the analysis , saying "Victory for the Viking! Boris Koltsov produces a fine display to defeat Jermaine Wattimena and reach the second round for the first time.
"The Russian was loving it up there on the big stage!"
Koltsov, who won a PDC tour card for the first time at European Qualifying School last February, used his customary walk-on music of 'Valhalla Calling' by the Miracle of Sound, and his win ended a miserable run at darts' most famous event.
He qualified for the tournament in 2015, 2019, and 2020, and played a preliminary round in 2017, but lost on each occasion.
He will now face another Dutch player in Dirk van Duijvenbode in round two.
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