Vladyslav Omelchenko will become the first Ukrainian player to compete in the Cazoo World Darts Championship.
Omelchenko won through the two-day Ukrainian Qualifier in Kyiv to seal a place in darts’ biggest event as he now turns his focus to competing at Alexandra Palace in December.
The PDC introduced a Ukrainian Qualifier this year with the EADC circuit currently suspended, and it was Omelchenko – a 47-year-old miner from Mukachevo – who emerged victorious.
After being one of the eight players to come through Saturday’s two initial qualifying events – which produced four players apiece – he began Sunday’s latter stages with a 6-3 win over Artem Usyk.
Omelchenko then defeated Yaroslav Mykytyn 6-4 in a tight semi-final and proved too strong for Volodymyr Zalevskyi with a straight sets win in the final.
2022/23 Cazoo World Darts Championship
Vladyslav Omelchenko 6-3 Artem Usyk
Yaroslav Mykytyn 6-3 Yaroslav Kifor
Volodymyr Zalevskyi 6-1 Ilia Pekaruk
Vitalii Rohov 6-4 Vladyslav Melashenko
Vladyslav Omelchenko 6-4
Volodymyr Zalevskyi 6-1 Vitalii Rohov
Vladyslav Omelchenko 3-0 Volodymyr Zalevskyi