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The defending bronze medalist from Canada, Evolution, is only in 3rd place after the first Sun Path Products NSL News article covering this topic. Satori XL is considered not only an underdog for bronze medals so far. It seems like the audience does not even agree with the British national team as a bronze medal contender. The Qatar Tigers are the actual underdog.
There is also some hope that more teams might be involved in the battle for the expected gold medals between NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed, and Evolution's 3rd place performance at the World Meet 2014 in Prostejov is probably the foundation for such thoughts, as the Canadians finished only four points behind Airspeed after ten rounds. However, realistically there is only the U.S. team that could seriously challenge the Belgian indoor and outdoor world champions.
FAI World Meet 2014
|6||Dubai Asaar Black||AE||18||20||17||17||20||14||15||13||17||20||171||17.1|
The French national Open Class teams won bronze medals in 1985, 2006 and 2012. The World Meet 2014 in Prostejov was the first time in the modern history of 4-way competition that the French delegation left empty-handed in the 4-way Open Class category.
The downslide from gold in 2010 to bronze in 2012 and nothing at all in 2014 was too much for the French delegation, and there was a dramatic change in strategy after the disappointing 4th place in Prostejov.
Only one team member of the 2014 lineup, Damien Gouriou, was
Jeremie Rollett and his national assistant coaches then selected Charles Rommel and Kevin Mansion to complete the new 4-way Open Class lineup. They were both members of the French national 8-way team in 2013 and 2014, which went through the same dramatic changes after the bronze medals in Prostejov.
World Challenge 2016
|Rank||4-way Open National Teams||P,2,10||8,F,15||G,14,17||L,H,E,13||M,7,O,1||16,21,11||N,D,4,9||18,20,A||Q,19,3||C,K,B,22||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP PCH HayaBusa||BE||27||31||28||39||35||25||38||30||31||36||320||32.0|
The quick progression and the French desire to come back with vengeance in the 4-way Open Class event may explain why France is currently in the poll's top spot of the five teams in the race for the bronze medals.
FLY-IN France finished in 3rd place at the World Challenge 2016 where only Arizona Airspeed and Evolution did not attend of the seven potential medal contenders at the Mondial 2016. The French FLY-IN Girls in 2nd place will not be on the same leaderboard at the world meet.
The new French 4-way Open Class team still has to follow up with outdoor results of the same quality. The 20.9 average at the World Air Games 2015 will not be enough to win a medal at the Mondial 2016. The internal French race with the 4-way Women team will be helpful to push both teams upward. The poll is open again for new and different voting...