TwinTip Racing Slalom Youth Worlds - Day 3

Costly mistakes by many of the favourites to take the titles at the 2018 TwinTip:Racing Slalom Youth World Championships in Hainan, China.

After two frustrating, windless opening days, many of the young athletes seemed over-anxious and committed the cardinal error of crossing the start-lines early and were eliminated from heats or the all-important elimination round decider.

As a result some, like reigning International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) TT:R Youth World Champion Sofia Tomasoni (ITA) and boys’ title holder Cameron Maramenides, found themselves down the leaderboard.

Spain’s Nina Font Castells, the current European TT:R Youth Champion, held her nerve and proved consistently quick to give her the overnight lead with a first and second spot in the crucial elimination round deciders.

The leader in the boys’ division, Germany’s Xaver Kiebler, seemed even more surprised by his day’s performance that left him top of the rankings, but no less delighted.

China’s Haoran Zhang suffered from inconsistency. Nevertheless his performance was enough to leave him in second place, just one point ahead of the Dominican Republic’s Lorenzo Calcano.

1. Xaver Kiebler (GER), 6pts
2. Haoran Zhang (CHN), 8pts
3. Lorenzo Calcano (DOM), 9pts
4. Tiger Tyson (ANT), 11pts
5. Maxime Chabloz (SUI), 13pts

1. Nina Fonts Castells (ESP), 3pts
2. Kewen Li (CHN), 8pts
3. Alice Ruggiu (ITA), 10pts
4. Jingle Chen (CHN), 11pts
5. Lola Ulrich (FRA), 14pts

Full results and all elimination series results, available here

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