French paragliders come out on top at Paragliding World Cup

French paragliders come out on top at Paragliding World Cup

Stephane Droun (L) and Seiko Fukuoka Naville (R) from France came first in the individual men's and the individual women's category.

August 01, 2011, Monday/ 14:58:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The annual paragliding world cup championship took place in the Bayramören district of Çankırı between July 23 and 30 July 30 with 130 participants from 41 countries, with France coming top in the events held in Turkey.

In the individual men's category, Stephane Droun from France came first, Raul Penso from Venezuela second, Marc Wensauer from Germany third and Craig Morgan with a prosthetic leg from the UK took fourth place in the championship.

Seiko Fukuoka Naville from France for the individual women's category took first pace in the competition. Petra Silivova from the Czech Republic came in second, with another Czech sportswoman, Renate Kuhnova, taking third place.

In the team category, team Ozone came first, followed by Kortel in second place and ABAC in third.

Newly established Turkish Air Sports Federation President Nihat Erman stated that the championship had ended successfully, adding: “We would have been happier if Turkish participants had won in the championship. We are glad to host an accident-free championship.” It is common to see minor accidents in most of events of the Paragliding World Cup.

Erman said the federation will be sending Turkish sportsmen and sportswomen to the Spain leg of the championship. “We trust in our sportsmen; they will achieve success in Spain,” said the federation's president. Erman later presented awards to the winning participants of the competition.

The Paragliding World Cup is a competition for paragliders to compete in long-distance paragliding and takes place each year in five to six different locations.

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