Gary Anderson once threw his darts into a lake after World Championship loss

Gary Anderson once threw his darts into a frozen lake after a 5-3 defeat by Tony O'Shea at the BDO World Darts Championship.

Anderson, 51, is a two-time PDC world champion but never managed to conquer the Lakeside in eight BDO world championship appearances.

After reaching the semi-finals in 2003, the closest he subsequently came was in 2009, only for his darts to meet a watery end.

Upset at losing to O'Shea, Anderson, who back then was known as 'Dreamboy', lobbed his arrows into the Frimley Green lake.

"I could not buy a double," he said after a 5-3 defeat. "Once you start losing a few sets by missing doubles, it gets to you.

"If I knew why it happened I’d have solved it because next time I might hit them first time. I could not buy a double."

In the aftermath of the incident, the BBC camera crew captured shots of Anderson's arrows marooned in the middle of the frozen lake.

Unlike his expert grouping on the darts board, the 51-year-old's equipment ended up scattered across the surface of the icy water.

O'Shea, who went on to finish runner-up to Ted Hankey, said: "To beat Gary on this stage is awesome because the man is a legend.

"I might not have won a match like that three or four years ago but this time it’s different.

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"My experience played a major part because I did not panic when I missed chances to win the match."

After his 2009 world championship exit, Anderson made the switch from the BDO to the PDC, and the rest, as they say, is history.

In the 13 years since he swapped organisations, the Flying Scotsman has won almost everything there is to win in the world of darts.

His honours include two PDC World Championship crowns, one World Matchplay title and two Premier League successes, plus a host of other tournaments and Pro Tour events.

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