Out on a Lim! Singapore Slinger at Ally Pally – 22 years on from first televised nine-darter
09:52 GMT, 20 December 2012
The lively Alexandra Palace crowd will crank it up a notch on Thursday night when Paul Lim strolls up to the oche – 22 years after throwing the first televised nine-dart game at the World Championship.
Lim's life changed forever when he scooped 52,000 for the perfect leg against Jack McKenna at the Lakeside in 1990.
'I’ll never forget the nine-darter. All these years later, people still ask me about it – but it’s nice to be remembered for that moment because it was a bit of darts history,' Lim told the Daily Mirror.
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Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship
'Whenever I came over to the UK and Europe on business in the last few years, people recognised me as ‘the nine-dart guy’ and it changed my life in terms of recognition.
'I was a good player, but never in the class of Phil Taylor or Eric Bristow. People remember me as Paul Lim, the nine-dart guy, not as a darts player.
'I’ll never forget the moment I raised my hands in the air. That will stay with me forever.'
Singapore-born Lim took up the game at Chiswick's Robin Hood pub when he worked in London as a chef. He then moved to Papua New Guinea before going to America and turning professional.
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The prize he scooped for his big moment at Frimley Green was used to start an electronics business.
Lim added: 'I made good use of the money because my son is running the business now.'
The 58-year-old faces a prelim qualifier against Mohd Latif Sapup to earn a crack at Michael van Gerwen
'I have nothing to lose – I have played for 38 years and I am very blessed that I can just go out there and enjoy myself,' he said.
'I’ve felt very at ease coming here. My heart doesn’t usually beat any faster when I’m on stage, but this time might be different.'