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2014 Formula Kite World Championships Day 4

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Day 4 of the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships saw drama for Oliver Bridge (GBR, North), when an error in equipment selection dropped him from the top of the leaderboard to 4th place.

In light winds, only two races for the gold fleet were completed and Bridge had to suffer a DNS in the last race of the day which leaves him with 27 points that he cant discard. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) scored a solid 2-1 to sit in first place now before the Medal series. With his domination in the light winds of the Final series he is 14 points ahead of the second placed Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) and Blazej Ozog (POL, North) another point behind.

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In the womens fleet, Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) showed her dominance in light wind another time, and is now in third overall, only 0.3 points behind Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) who only scored 3-3-4 in the light wind races of the last two days.

Steph Bridge (GBR, North) is still on top of the womens fleet with 4 points ahead of Heineken.

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Tomorrows medal race series will see the top 10 men and women competing on a shorter course for four non-discardable races. With only 4 points between the top three in the womens fleet, and 7 points between places 2 to 6 in the mens fleet, the battle for the podium spots is still wide open. Nocher is the only one sitting in a comfortable lead, but 14 points with a total of 40 up for grabs still does not allow for any error.

THE FULL PRESS RELEASE AFTER MEDAL RACES WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY

Overall standings before Medal Races:

MEN:
1. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) - 14 pts
2. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 28 pts
3. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 29 pts
4. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 34 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 34.8 pts

WOMEN:
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 15 pts
3. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 18.7 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 19 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 31 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) - 38 pts

Full results can be found here: http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKWorldsResults.pdf

For more information, contact the International Kiteboarding Association at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2014 Formula Kite World Championships Day 3

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Day three of the 2014 Formula Kite World Championships in Burc Beach, Istanbul/Turkey saw the beginning of the Final Series for the mens fleet, with Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) topping the leaderboard with a strong lightwind performance. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) jumped into second position with a 1-2 score, while Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) defends his bronce podium spot.

In the strong womens fleet it was again a neck-on-neck battle between leader Steph Bridge (GBR, North), defending World Champion Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) and 17 year old runner up Elena Kalinia (RUS, UC/Elf).

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Due to light and variable winds racing was postponed first until 1600 hours, when the breeze finally stabilized at 7 knots and racing got underway.

The gold fleet was to hit the waters of the Black Sea first, with Nocher showing incredible lightwind skills, swapping places with the other light wind specialists Blazej Ozog (POL, North) and Bridge. The two leaders after the qualifying series struggeled with the condition and finished only in 7th (Leccese) and 14th (Gruber). In the second round of racing conditions had improved to 8-10 knots and the usual battle was on between Bridge, Leccese and Nocher, with Bridge clearly leading the second Final Series Race when crashing shortly before the finish line and Nocher catching up fast. Both came to the finish line overlapped, with the better end for Bridge.

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A strong performance also from two other Under-18s in the fleet, Mario Calbucci (ITA, UC/Elf) scoring a 5-4 and Alexander Bachev (BUL, UC/Ozone) scoring a 9-5.

In the womens fleet it all comes down to a battle between Bridge, Heineken and Kalinina, after 10 races and the second discard only 5 points separate them and in the forecasted light conditions for day 4 Kalinina might be able to further close the gap to the two leaders which are only 2.7 points apart. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) also showed a strong performance in the light winds with a 2-4 score, but is already 9 points behind the third place.

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Racing continues on day 4 with the last day of the mens final series and the last day of the womens single opening series, before the top 10 of each fleet will fight for the ultimate podiumspots on the final day of the competition in a 4-race-no drop medal series.

Overall standings after 10 races:

MEN:
1. Oliver Bridge (GBR, North) - 6 pts
2. Maxime Nocher (FRA, North) - 11 pts
3. Riccardo Leccese (ITA, ML/Ozone) - 16 pts
4. Blazej Ozog (POL, North) - 20 pts
5. Florian Gruber (GER, UC/Ozone) - 24 pts

WOMEN:
1. Steph Bridge (GBR, North) - 13 pts
3. Erika Heineken (USA, ML/Ozone) - 15.7 pts
2. Elena Kalinina (RUS, TMV/Elf) - 18 pts
4. Aga Grzymska (POL, ML/Ozone) - 27 pts
5. Astrid Berz (SUI, ML/Ozone) - 35 pts

Full results can be found here:http://internationalkiteboarding.org/images/documents/results/2014FKWorldsResults.pdf

A video profile of three of the top male contenders is available here:

For more information, contact the International Kiteboarding Association at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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