PUTRAJAYA: The IWWF Waterski World Championships got off to a fine start with Peru’s Delfina Cuglievan and Australia’s Sade Ferguson both stealing the show on the first day at the Water Sport Complex in Putrajaya.
The 28-year-old Cuglievan, the world Under-21 slalom champion in 2011, was fourth out of the dock in the women’s Series 4 of the slalom event.
And she blazed to a good finish with a 2/55/11.25 run yesterday.
It was a very impressive run by the Peruvian as she takes provisional pole position in slalom with New Zealand’s Toni Atkinson the closest competitor after finishing with a 3/55/12.
Cuglievan now stands a good chance of placing within the top 12 to make the final although she believes it is far from a done deal, especially with 33 more skiers to come in the next three series.
“It is certainly a very good score for me. The condition was perfect with a lot of sun and wind but the organisers have a great job in putting up windbreakers, so it’s really good to get out there and ski, ” said the Lima native.
“Although it is a good score, I’m not sure if I can make the final. There are many more skiers to come and I have to sit down and see.
“This is a good site to ski well and I am sure the other girls will step it up as well, ” she said.
It was also a great start for Australian teenager Sade Ferguson who flew out of the blocks in the women’s Series 3 of the jump event.
The 16-year-old wiped her own personal best of 44.8m with a 46.5m effort to take provisional pole ahead of Ukraine’s Stanislava Prosvetova, who had 42.1m and Malaysian hope Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, who finished with 37.2m.
The Aussie who is the world junior champion in jump, will now wait patiently to see if her effort is enough to be placed in the top 12 for the final.
Aaliyah, who just fell short of her personal best of 38.9m, was however pleased with a decent start to the world meet.
“It’s a bit off my personal best but that’s okay because I don’t always train on this site. I had to adapt to a lot of technical changes and I’m pleased that I still managed to go over the ramp in all three tries, ” said Aaliyah.
However, it wasn’t the best outing for world meet debutants Nadiah Nasir and Aaliyah’s brothers – Aiden and Adam Yoong Hanifah.
Nadiah only managed a ninth place finish in Series 4 of the slalom event with a 1.5/55/18.25 effort.
Nerves got the better of both Aiden and Adam as they fell during their tricks passes to finish with 2, 840 and 3, 320 points respectively.
It is quite a long way off their personal bests with Aiden having notched 5, 680 earlier this year while Adam’s best was 4, 750.
Both boys however are still down to compete in slalom and tricks today.
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