Americans start as hot favourites in waterski world meet

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  • Wednesday, 07 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: The IWWF Waterski World Championships taking place at the Putrajaya Lake will see a ‘Clash of the Titans’.

The event, from Aug 13-18, will see the world’s top four teams – the United States, Canada, France and Belarus – vying for the coveted team title.

The team competition consists of a maximum of six skiers and no team will have more than four men or four women.

The best three scores (men or women) of each discipline – slalom, tricks and jump – will be tallied for the total score.

The Americans, who are the defending champions from the 2017 world meet, will start as hot favourites.

They have named a strong line-up with all six members a respective world champion in their own right.In their team are two-time tricks world champion Adam Pickos and two-time jump world champion Freddy Krueger. The third male skier Taylor Garcia is the Under-21 world champion in the slalom.

They also have the services of Regina Jacques who has won the women’s slalom and overall world titles for three consecutive editions since 2013.

To round it up, they also have women’s 2013 tricks world champion Erika Lang and 2015 world champion Anna Gay.

Their closest rivals will be Canada, who will be seeking to wrest the title they last won in 2015.

They are led by two-time men’s jump world champion Ryan Dodd, reigning women’s tricks world champion Neilly Ross and Whitney McClintock-Rini, a four-time world champion in all disciplines.

Belarus who finished fourth two years ago, should not be written off.

Aliaksei Zharnasek is a three-time world champion and is also the record holder in the tricks.

They also have the services of Natalia Berdnikava, a triple world champion in all disciplines.

Admission is free with the preliminary rounds to be held from Aug 13-16 followed by the finals on Aug 17-18.
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