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Did You Know...

... that NFTO and ACM Weembi soon have a re-match at Weembi Lille?

ACM Weembi at the World Challenge 2019
posted Apr 11th, 2019 - The NSL News mentioned several times that the World Challenge is now officially the British Indoor Nationals at the same time. The story on April 6th introduced the two national champions of 2019, NFTO in 4-way Women and Chimera in 4-way Open.

NFTO was actually once again the highest-scoring British 4-way team in Bedford. The 4-way Women team had outscored all other British 4-way teams at the UK Nationals 2018 and then finished with a higher meet average than the British 4-way Open Class team, Satori XL, at the FAI World Meet 2018, where all teams in 4-way Open and 4-way Women performed the same ten sequences and posted their scores on two different leaderboards.

The World Challenge was the third consecutive time that NFTO finished higher and better than any other British 4-way teams.

NFTO was already qualified as the British national 4-way team in 4-way Women for the upcoming FAI Indoor World Meet 2019, after winning the internal British qualification at the World Challenge 2018. However, ACM Weembi and Chimera both had scored and placed higher at the same event last year.

World Challenge 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class P,H,Q,5 19,16,E L,3,2 B,A,22,D J,14,8 11,M,G,1 15,21,18 7,O,4 C,N,K,13 20,6,F Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE 52 32 28 39 29 32 28 34 42 31 347 34.7
2 Arizona Airspeed US 48 30 27 37 27 31 25 33 36 28 322 32.2
3 IFS-Moscow RU 44 29 26 33 27 29 23 33 34 31 309 30.9
4 Qatar Tigers QA 44 29 26 35 24 29 24 31 32 31 305 30.5
5 SDC Rhythm XP US 46 28 24 32 25 29 24 31 35 27 301 30.1
6 Airheads CH 44 28 22 36 24 27 19 29 33 26 288 28.8
7 Weembi Unicorns FR 43 28 23 32 23 28 19 28 33 26 283 28.3
8 ISR FireFlash BE 40 26 24 33 24 25 19 25 28 26 270 27.0
9 NFTO UK 35 25 24 29 24 25 20 27 30 24 263 26.3
10 Odin Parachute Systems FR 35 28 21 29 22 25 20 25 29 25 259 25.9
10 Chimera UK 36 24 21 27 23 27 21 25 29 26 259 25.9
12 ACM Weembi UK 38 22 24 28 21 24 21 25 29 26 258 25.8
13 Gavroche Weembi FR 38 27 23 26 21 25 14 27 28 23 252 25.2
14 Tenanine MR 37 25 22 22 20 24 19 26 29 22 246 24.6
15 FlySpot Sky4Four PL 36 19 18 26 20 22 19 25 21 21 227 22.7
16 Eros UK 27 21 22 24 19 23 17 24 27 21 225 22.5
17 Jazz Republic ZA 29 22 18 23 19 20 18 24 23 22 218 21.8
18 Falco BE 22 20 17 19 20 20 17 24 26 19 204 20.4
19 Blackjack FI 24 20 17 23 19 19 15 21 22 18 198 19.8
20 Pajama Pumas UK 27 21 16 21 19 19 16 21 20 17 197 19.7
21 Tempo FI 26 18 18 23 18 19 15 21 20 18 196 19.6
22 Aladeen HU 28 21 19 16 16 19 13 19 18 20 189 18.9
23 Alakran ES 26 18 12 18 17 21 17 23 18 18 188 18.8
24 FlyPonots FR 26 19 17 21 16 18 10 18 18 18 181 18.1
25 Nefertit UK 24 18 16 18 15 16 13 20 17 16 173 17.3
26 Windobona Angels ES 20 16 14 18 16 17 15 21 17 18 172 17.2
27 Ayro BE 16 18 15 18 17 15 14 19 19 17 168 16.8
28 Koloncok HU 21 16 13 19 14 16 15 19 18 16 167 16.7
29 Stardust BE 21 15 12 17 16 16 11 18 17 13 156 15.6
30 Nova CH 21 14 12 16 13 13 11 17 19 16 152 15.2
31 Barak ES 25 19 17 21 16 19 14 19 0 0 150 15.0
32 Wood Fella’s UK 17 13 10 16 13 13 11 17 19 13 142 14.2
33 Draconis UK 16 13 12 13 12 15 10 15 13 15 134 13.4
34 Free Burds IE 16 10 11 11 13 12 11 15 15 13 127 12.7
NFTO - Chimera - ACM Weembi at the World Challenge 2019
Chimera in action at the World Challenge 2019
ACM Weembi and NFTO will both compete for the British delegation at Weembi Lille, while this year's British World Challenge 4-way Open Class winner Chimera have to wait another year for the next FAI event. In fact, it will be the FAI Indoor World Cup in 2020, where four British teams will be eligible to compete.

Next year's 4-way Open Class winner at the World Challenge will then compete for Great Britain at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2021.

However, Chimera are the national indoor champions of 2019, while ACM Weembi will try to finish with a higher meet average than the last British team at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017 (26.1) in Montreal. It will be difficult to place better than Satori XL, who finished tied with Echochamber from Sweden in 6th place.

It will be different for NFTO, who will be in the medal rankings on the 4-way Women leaderboard. The only open question is whether the British national team in 4-way Women will even be in contention for gold medals or not. NFTO seems to be in great form and has a very busy training agenda at the competition site. The first NSL-TV video clip from Weembi Lille includes parts of a training session on Wednesday.


In good form: NFTO at Weembi Lille
The battle for the British 4-way Open Class top spot could not have been much more exciting. Chimera had worked out a 1-point lead after the six rounds of the first day, gaining momentum after a slow start. This 1-point lead was not touched until the meet was over. Both teams tied their scores of all following rounds, and Round 10 was a serious showdown, which ACM Weembi had to win to have a chance.

It was even more dramatic earlier in this duel. The first round on Saturday morning (Round 7) brought a very rude awakening for ACM Weembi. There was a 13 on the leaderboard, and ACM was all of a sudden nine points behind Chimera instead of trying to eliminate the 1-point deficit.

The judging video is showing that one of the ACM team members is losing the balance while setting up for the entry into the flying chamber, and he is touching the net. The team resets and then ties the Chimera score.

However, the judges started the working time as soon as there was the connection with the net, according to the World Challenge rules. ACM eventually got the points back, as the FAI rules don't punish this situation, as long as the feet are not touching the net. The 1-point difference still lasted towards the very end...

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