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Gold and silver medals seem to be in solid possession of NMP PCH Hayabusa and Arizona Airspeed, disregarding the outcome between the two top contenders. However, the race for the bronze medals seems to become a most exciting one - which it was already in Bedford.
The French national team in 4-way Open has been in the shadow of the French FLY-IN Girls since both teams were put together after the World Meet 2014 in Prostejov, where the French Girls won and the Open Class team missed a medal for the first time in modern history of Formation Skydiving competition (1985).
World Challenge 2016
The French Open Class team finished ahead of the Russian national team Black Cat for the first time since the new lineup came together.
Black Cat had won the silver medals at the 1st FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championships and then the bronze medals at the World Air Games 2015. Russia is one of the top contenders for the bronze medals this year.
France FLY-IN also outscored the Qatar Tigers who were ahead at the last two meets that both teams attended (Clash of Champions, World Air Games). It was a very close race between the national teams from France, Russia and Qatar in Bedford, however, France is back in medal contention in 4-way Open.
Marin Ferre has been coaching the new 4-way Open Class lineup, after two years of the previous lineup with player coaches Mathieu Bernier and Julien Degen.
There is an additional contender for the 3rd place at the Mondial 2016, the reigning bronze medalist, Evolution from Canada, who have not competed this year yet with the current lineup. Three team members posted a 25.8 average at the Canadian Indoor Nationals 2016, with Nick Grillet in the lineup for Vincent Lemay. There could be five bronze medal contenders this year, and one of them would not event make it to the finals in Round 10...