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KiteFoil GoldCup title to Maxime Nocher

Reigning world champion Maxime Nocher clinched the IKA KiteFoil GoldCup final with a race to spare, with Britain's Olly Bridge finishing second.IKA KiteFoil GoldCup -

Nocher’s jubilation was evident when he punched the air as he crossed the line second in the day’s penultimate race.

Even before the last race he knew he had clinched the title as another discard available meant he could not lose whatever happened.

Bridge, 18, on his Levitaz Bionic foil and 17m Ozone R1V2 was moderately pleased with his second podium placing, despite starting the day in poll.

But he felt the stronger breeze would have played more to his strengths than was ultimately the case.

Similarly, Slovenian teenager Toni Vodisek, also 18, who notched up two winss and three seconds, was pleased with his day’s performance.

On his Banga foil and F-One Diablo2 kite, gear identical to Nocher’s, he was able to leapfrog Vodisek to third in the standings.

The 9kts to 13kts blowing over the mirror flat waters of the Arabian Gulf sparked the fastest and closest racing of the contest.

The windward-leeward track, with 1.1 nautical miles between top and bottom marks, threw up a raft of photo-finishes even after more than one-and-a-half laps of the course with riders hitting more than 30kts on downwind legs.

Russia’s Elena Kalinina, yet another 18-year-old, was the worthy winner of the women’s title, showing her pace, class and experience even when competing among the strong men’s fleet.

Final Overall standings after 15 races (three discards):

1 Maxime Nocher (MON, F-One/Banga) 21pts
2 Olly Bridge (GBR, Ozone/Levitaz) 28pts
3 Axel Mazella (FRA, F-One/Banga) 33pts
4 Toni Vodisek (SLO, Ozone/Levitaz) 40pts
5 Florian Trittel (ESP, Ozone/KFA) 65pts

1 Elena Kalinina (RUS, Elf/Banga) 193pts
2 Gina Hewson (AUS, Ozone/Levitaz) 270pts
3 Jade O’Connor (IRL, Elf/Banga) 279pts
4 Ariane Imbert (FRA, Ozone/Banga) 311pts

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