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Did You Know...

... that NFTO is getting ready to challenge France at Weembi Lille?

Gary Smith with NFTO at Weembi Lille
posted Apr 12th, 2019 - Training for the FAI Indoor World Meet has continued and intensified at Weembi Lille since the NSL News arrival at the competition site on Tuesday.

Yesterday's update from France covered the battle between Chimera and ACM Weembi for the British national indoor title in 4-way Open at the World Challenge. The story pointed out that NFTO, British national team in 4-way Women, outscored both British 4-way Open Class teams and was in good form a week before Round 1 of the world meet.

The early arrival of the British team at Weembi Lille offered the opportunity for an even closer look at NFTO in training and after the 26.3 average at the World Challenge.

Coach Gary Smith volunteered some of his time between NMP HayaBusa and Qatar Tigers training to help NFTO, as well, and the British team continued to show progression. The NSL Live Talk with NFTO on Friday during a break between training sessions was recorded after a half-day excursion back to London on Thursday, where the BBC TV channel had invited the team for a live show.

BBC live show in London with NFTO
NFTO was back on Friday morning for the next indoor training, which would then be followed by a day off on Saturday.

The British national team in 4-way Women has a good reason to do everything possible to get ready for the upcoming world meet. NFTO have never been closer to the very top level in 4-way Women than now. In fact, the NSL Power Rankings for the 4-way Women competition are showing Nephtys Weembi and NFTO with the same best meet averages of 2019 (26.3) in the two top spots.

Nephtys Weembi are yet set in 1st place, as France is the defending 4-way Women world champion. It is a very interesting situation though, as things have changed on both sides. France has a new lineup, with only Clementine Le Bohec as a reigning indoor and outdoor world champion. The significant French makeover of the national indoor and outdoor delegations have allowed NFTO to get into striking distance of the new French national team in 4-way Women.

NFTO can also be expected to score higher after intensive training between World Challenge and FAI Indoor World Meet. Indoor training can be added much easier than outdoor training, and it requires shorter investment of time to accomplish performance progression.

FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women - NSL Power Rankings TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 Nephtys Weembi  FR  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 NFTO  UK  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Bubble Trouble  RU  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 XPG4  US  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Team X  SE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 China  CN  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Voss Vind Girls  NO  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 No Mercy  PL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Skynamite  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Alena Chistova with IFS Moscow at the World Challenge 2019
On the other hand, France had bad and good luck at the same time. Nephtys member Jessica Thebault was recently injured and cannot train and compete. However, another reigning French indoor and outdoor world champion in 4-way Women was available to step in. Pamela Lissajoux comes back and joins her former team mate Clementine Le Bohec in the outside center slot for Nephtys Weembi.

Both are in their original center slots and guarantee a very solid and highly experienced foundation for the two other Nephtys members, Claire-Victoire de Fleurian and Elise Poindron. The new French situation puts the pressure back on NFTO, who will have to be prepared for higher gold medal scoring standards, compared to the British indoor nationals at the World Challenge.

The 4-way Women competition could become closer than ever on the very top level without the participation of the French national outdoor team. Alena Chistova, who won 4-way Open Class bronze medals with IFS Moscow at the World Challenge (30.9) will be guiding another very strong Russian 4-way Women team at Weembi Lille.

Then there is the U.S. team XPG4 who will have nothing else for their goal than a medal position. Team X from Sweden will try to defend their bronze medals of the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018, and China could come up with a big surprise. It could become the most interesting 4-way Women competition in the history of the event...

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