Rajaretnam Yogasagarar

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Rajaretnam Yogasagarar

Rajaretnam Yogasagarar was the Series 18 champion.

A doctor from Cheshire, commonly referred to on the show as Yoga, made his debut on the first show of Series 18, broadcast on 10 July 1989. In that show, he defeated Monica Kirby 59 – 36, and went on to win five more shows before losing his 7th 44 – 37 to Shirley Scott. Yoga returned for the final rounds as #3 seed, and in the quarter-finals, 'gained his revenge' on Shirley Scott, beating her 46 – 39, and beat octochamp Richard Evans 56 – 46 in the semi-final. In the final against Mandi Hale, Yoga led 82 – 73 going into the crucial conundrum, which he unscrambled in 2 seconds to win the final and the series.

The following year's Masters would prove to be Yoga's final appearance on Countdown, as he returned to Sri Lanka, so was unavailable for both Championship of Champions V and the Supreme Championship.

Preceded by
Lawrence Pearse
Series winner
Series 18
Followed by
Michael Wareham


Episodes

# Date Type Contestant 1 Score Contestant 2 Guest Lex Max
868 10/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 59 – 36 Monica Kirby Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
869 11/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 64 – 37 Brian Clarke Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson ??
870 12/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 49 – 37 Margaret Jones Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 69
871 13/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 58 – 20 Bob Holland Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 83
872 15/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 47 – 18 Graham Owen Richard Stilgoe Della Thompson 73
873 17/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 56 – 25 Win Strange Ned Sherrin Della Thompson 71
874 18/07/1989 P Rajaretnam Yogasagarar 37 – 44 Shirley Scott Ned Sherrin Della Thompson 69
933 9/10/1989 QF Shirley Scott 39 – 46 Rajaretnam Yogasagarar Gyles Brandreth Catherine Clarke 77
936 12/10/1989 SF Richard Evans 46 – 56 Rajaretnam Yogasagarar Eve Pollard Catherine Clarke 72
937 13/10/1989 GF Mandi Hale 73 – 92 Rajaretnam Yogasagarar Frazer Hines, Eve Pollard Catherine Clarke 128
M60 21/5/90-25/5/90 Masters 2 Richard Evans 96 – 57 Rajaretnam Yogasagarar N/A Della Thompson 134
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