Three PKRA World titles have been decided at the penultimate tour stop for the 2014 season in Pingtan, China.
Congratulations to the new World Champions
Christophe Tack – Men’s Freestyle
Brian Lake – Men’s Slalom
Katja Roose – Women’s Slalom
The Women’s Freestyle title is yet to be decided at the final round also in China, following a controversial end to the competition.
Quote PKRA official website – ‘The winner for the women’s freestyle event here in Pingtan is still in a stalemate as a difficult decision was made to re-run the super-final between Gisela Pulido (ES) and Karolina Winkowska (PL). The judgement was made after the release of the results that declared Pulido the winner of the heat, thus rendering her win invalid.
What happened was an extraordinary situation where, following the announcement of the podium finishers in the women’s division, Winkowska reviewed her scores and brought a missed trick to the attention of head judge Sami Gali. Upon further investigation, eyewitness accounts from riders and video evidence of the trick confirmed that there was a maneuver from Winkowska that was not seen by any of the judges. The PKRA judging panel confirmed that this missing trick from the final seconds of the heat could change the results, and the decision was made to re-run the super final.
Immediately following this decision, Pulido suffered an unfortunate injury to her foot requiring medical attention and the re-run of the super-final was postponed until today, awaiting the outcome of the injury from Pulido. At the scheduled start time, Gisela’s injury was such that she was unable to compete.
The PKRA committee took the decision that the best possible arrangement was to postpone the re-run until the next event in Hainan, set to take place in two days. “We felt that this is the best decision as we want to give the fairest arrangement for both riders and for them to have the same chances that they had here in Pingtan” commented PKRA Head Judge Sami Gali. “The mistake was from the PKRA judging committee, and we couldn’t reproduce the same scenario today, giving each rider the same chance to compete, because of one of the competitors injury that happened after the heat” he added.
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