In Ladies Tricks, all anticipated an enthralling battle between World Record holder Anna Gay (USA) and Neilly Ross (CAN), both Nautique sponsored athletes. In the Preliminaries, Gay scored 10,440 points and Ross 10,350. Unfortunately, her hand pass spoiled it for Neilly Ross who had to settle for 5,360 points. However, Anna Gay, also the holder of the current Open World Tricks Record, took the pressure like a true World Champion. Her score of 9,750 points was enough to make her the IWWF 2017 U21 World Tricks Champion. Silver medallist Natalia Cuglievan (PER) was close with 9,040 points, ahead of the exciting young talent of 16 year-old Paige Rini (CAN) with 7,060 points. In the Mens Tricks Finals, the enormous Dnipro crowds of spectators at the Sentosa site had very high hopes for their own Danylo Fil’Chenko (UKR). As a three-eventer, he set his sights on taking the Overall title here. A disappointing Slalom score loaded the pressure on him to make the most of his Tricks performance. With the second highest score in the Preliminaries of 9,800 points, just behind Patricio Font of Mexico’s 10,010, a standing ovation from the home fans for his Finals performance of 10,050 was well earned. Ukraine now has an IWWF U21 World Tricks Champion. Canada’s impressive Dorien Llewellyn, also pushing for the Overall title, took Silver with 9,180 points, 30 points ahead of Gianmarco Pajni (ITA).
As sunset neared over Dnipro at this excellent competition site, Jump conditions were good and the Nautique 200 boat was ready at the dock. The hot favourite in the Ladies event was Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (BLR). She took first place in May at the Nautique Masters in the USA. Her dominating 48.6m distance in the earlier round in Dnipro was impressive. However, with her second place at the same Nautique Masters, it was Canada’s Dominique Allard Grondin who stole the show with a 47.2m winning distance, enough to secure the title of IWWF U21 World Jump Champion. Danisheuskaya took second and Emma Brunel (FRA) third. In the Men’s event, distances exceeding 60m were anticipated all week. However, only two athletes achieved this in the Preliminaries. In the Finals four of the 12 succeeded. With just four athletes remaining on the dock, none had yet reached 60m. Nicholas Lang (USA) changed that with an impressive distance of 61.4m. Joshua Wallent (AUS) lost the handle on his final approach to the Ramp but already had 60.3m secured. Second last into the Sentosa arena was Taylor Garcia (USA) who had earlier taken the IWWF U21 World Slalom title. With a distance of 63.3m, the cheering crowds knew that with only Jack Critchley (GBR) on the dock, Garcia might just have secured his second title here. As the holder of GBR Jump Records at U14, U17 and U21, this was going to be a perfect closing moment. Jump number one was 61.0m – not enough. Jump number two was 63.8m – still not enough. However, with a perfect set up when it mattered most, young Jack Critchley then landed a distance of 67.4m to become the 2017 IWWF U21 World Jump Champion. Taylor Garcia and Nicholas Lang took Silver and Bronze.
OVERALL MEDALISTS :
Gold – Danylo Fil’Chenko (UKR) & Anna Gay (USA)
Silver – Dorien Llewellyn (CAN) & Aliaksandra Danisheuskaya (BLR)
Bronze – Tanguy Dailland (FRA) & Valentina Gonzalez (CHI)
OVERALL TEAM AWARDS