Three World Titles out of four go to France
A total of 14 Races in the iQFOiL Youth men fleet, 13 Races in the iQFOiL Women Youth and Boy Junior Fleet, and 11 Races in the Junior iQFOiL women fleet were completed. The first-ever youth and junior iQFOiL World Champions were crowned without the medal race on the final day, but with lots of happy and exhausted young racers stoked on foil racing after five action-packed days here on Lake Garda. More than 240 athletes coming from 25 different countries competed at the iQFOiL Junior & Youth World Championships.
In Campione del Garda the french school of windsurf confirmed his total lead among the young guys, infact three titles out of four of the iQFOiL Junior & Youth World Championships went to the french.
In the Under19 fleet the Frenchman Gaspar Carfatan won the World title with 22 points of discards from the SpanishNacho Baltasar Summers, who finished in second place, followed by another Spaniard Tomas Bernat. “I’m very happy for this World title, I can’t express my feelings right now. I was extremely nervous for today’s races but now that the World championship is over I just want to enjoy my victory”- comments Cartafan after the races.
In the Women’s category the French Manon Pianazza takes the win after her silver medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires 2018. The Italian Sofia Renna who grew up in Lake Garda takes her silver medal, this wasn’t her first race with the iQFOiL, infact she already took part into a race with the senior fleet. The Israelian Mika Kafri takes the bronze medal after a hard fight against Marion Couturier that ended in fourth place.
In the Under 17 category on the first step of the podium with a big gap between the rest of the fleet we have the frenchElliot Ponce-Baranski followed by the italian Federico Pilloni they have both been really competitive and have shown to be great fighters. Thanks to the morning races the Sweden Vidar Nystrom managed to take the third place.
Absolute winner between the girls is the Israeli Tamar Steinber that collected only bullets in all races of the Championship except the discard. In second place the Norweigian Tuva Oppedal has been very consistent during the event. The Italian Linda Oprandi right on the last day with three close and engaging races managed to take the third place in this great competition.
The races on the last Day
The day started with the wind coming from the north with an intensity of about 15-18 knots which went dropping throughout the morning. Three races have been completed for every category with the Course Race format. The first to start where the Youngest, the Under 17, followed by the youth.
The Medal race was scheduled for the afternoon South wind, promising a great finally for the event. The first 12 athletes of every category would battle it out on one final elimination race, but unfortunately it could not been run as the wind was not suitable enough.
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