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Silver for Oliver Bridge at Formula-Foil-Kiter-Worldchampionship

Britain's Oliver Bridge finished with silver at the Formula-Foil-Kiter-World Championship at Joy Sea Beach, Weifang, eastern China.

Winner of the men's World Championship was Monegasque rider Maxime Nocher with a stellar performance in the final day’s short, sharp medal races, making it three world titles in succession.

Britain’s Olly Bridge, 18, occupied third spot overall entering the final day and realistically knew he had no title shout.

But a win in the day’s opening clash and a second spot were enough to push him up the order and take the second podium spot at the cost of the French teenager, Mazella, in third.

“I had a pretty good start with a win in the first race, but then I had a tangle which put me down to eighth in one race,” he said.

“I’m generally pretty good on the last day and I was just trying to keep it together. I think I’m beginning to handle the pressure pretty well. I had a small chance of winning, but Nocher would have had to screw up pretty badly. So, overall I am happy.”

In the women's event it was Daniela Moroz USA, only age 15, who won all 4 runs and grasped her first title.

Elena Kalinina RUS, age 18, finished second with a 5 points' deficit. Steph Bridge GBR, the mother of the men's Silver medalist Oliver, finished third.

MEN Overall standings:

1 Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Banga) — 21pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR, Ozone/Levitaz) — 31.5pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA, F-One/Banga) — 35pts

WOMEN Overall standings:

1 Daniela Moroz (USA, Ozone/Mike’s Lab) — 16pts
2 Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Banga) — 21pts
3 Steph Bridge (GBR, Flysurfer/Levitaz) — 42pts

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Gerald New - Sailweb
16 September 2016 9:58 GMT


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