Emotional Peter Wright was on the verge of tears before even throwing a dart

Darts icon Peter Wright looked to be holding back tears before his third round World Championship clash against Kim Huybrechts as fans sung his name – but crashed out of the tournament.

The Scot, a two-time PDC World Champion in both 2020 and last time out in 2022, took to the Alexandra Palace to take on Huybrechts having cruised past Mickey Mansell on the opening evening of the campaign.

Having been emotional before his first contest with his wife Joanne in the crowd following health issues, the same came before his second test as the crowd sung his name while he was practising.

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A fan then tweeted: "Peter wright already looks emotional." A second said: "I’m actually in love with Peter Wright i think."

A third agreed: "peter wright ICON." A fourth then concluded: Peter Wright is simply THE darts player."

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Wright then rattled through an opening set with Huybrechts looking shellshocked as they both aimed to booked a spot against Dimitri Van den Bergh in the fourth round.

However, he was given it all to do in the race to four sets by losing six of the next seven legs to trail 2-1 in sets to his Belgian foe – missing darts to win the third to be put on the verge – then losing by four sets to one in the upset of the tournament.

Earlier in the day Jim Williams missed a match dart as Gabriel Clemens progressed, with Gerwyn Price battering Raymond van Barneveld by four sets to nil.

Wright went into the tournament as the second seed behind Price and ahead of Michael van Gerwen despite the Dutchman's fine performances in the preceding year.

The 52-year-old said before celebrating Christmas with his family: "It's good for Jo to be healthy. We only found out last Wednesday that she was getting better and isn't going to be in the hospital every day and that was just a relief off my shoulders.

"Thank you Jo for being well. Stop going in the hospital. I've got to put a tree up and I've got to get the Christmas dinner ready and I've got a few sets of darts to try out for after Christmas."

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