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Did You Know...

... that Alena Chistova had her own double duties between Bedford and Lille?

Alena Chistova with IFS Moscow at the World Challenge 2019
posted May 11th, 2019 - The aftermath of the World Challenge was far from complete when the next major event started, the FAI Indoor World Meet, and it's time to go back to the biggest 4-way competition in the world.

Both events were related to each other in many ways. One connection were the six national teams that used the World Challenge as the last test before the indoor world championship: NMP PCH HayaBusa (Belgium), Arizona Airspeed (United States), Tigers (Qatar), Airheads (Switzerland), FlySpot Sky4Four, NFTO and ACM Weembi (Great Britain).

There were also a few individual competitors who competed at both events with different teams. Julien Degen and Clementine Le Bohec were in the Weembi Unicorns lineup in Bedford. Julien Degen then won FAI silver medals in 4-way Open with Weembi High Rollers on his home turf. Clementine LeBohec won gold with Nephtys Weembi in 4-way Women.

SDC Rhythm XP's Andrew Happick, JaNette and Steve Lefkowitz posted a 30.1 average at the World Challenge before winning 8-way gold with Paraclete XP8 and a 31.6 average at Weembi Lille. Martial Ferre competed with Tenanine for Mauretania in Bedford and then won FAI 8-way silver for France in Lille.

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
Alena Chistova with IFS Moscow at the World Challenge 2019
Alena Chistova with Bubble Hubble at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
image by: Federation Francaise De Parachutisme
There was also a special kind of double-duty connection between World Challenge and FAI Indoor World Meet. Alena Chistova from Russia performed double duties that would not be possible at an FAI event. She competed in 4-way Open at the World Challenge with IFS Moscow and then battled for bronze medals in 4-way Women with Bubble Hubble at Weembi Lille.

The FAI rules do not allow a competitor to sign up for the same two categories at a world meet. However, the possibility that IFS Moscow and Bubble Hubble both would compete at the indoor world meet was not that far away. IFS Moscow lost the Russian indoor qualification for the FAI event against Black Cat, even though the Russian team delivered a very strong performance in Bedford.

In fact, IFS Moscow finished with a significantly higher meet average in Bedford compared to Black Cat in Lille (30.9 - 28.7) even though the competition draw was not faster at the World Challenge. The 30.9 average would have placed IFS Moscow in 4th place at the indoor world meet.

However, the same IFS Moscow lineup would not have been eligible for the FAI event, unless Alena Chistova had skipped the slot in the Russian 4-way Women lineup.

FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women M,K,D,14 Q,4,5 P,E,9,15 3,N,G,2 6,1,8 F,12,11 13,22,J H,L,B,18 O,20,A,17 21,7,19 Total Avg
1 Nephtys Weembi FR 34 27 35 25 23 25 23 33 31 24 280 28.0
2 NFTO UK 34 26 34 28 23 24 24 34 28 23 278 27.8
3 XPG4 US 34 26 33 24 21 24 24 28 25 23 262 26.2
4 Bubble Hubble RU 29 25 33 24 22 23 22 31 25 21 255 25.5
5 China CN 31 26 31 22 23 24 22 30 22 23 254 25.4
6 Team X SE 26 25 28 24 20 22 23 28 24 23 243 24.3
7 No Mercy PL 29 22 25 21 19 17 21 23 20 22 219 21.9
8 Skynamite DE 28 20 26 20 17 17 19 26 18 19 210 21.0
9 Voss Vind Girls NO 27 22 24 18 18 19 20 23 19 19 209 20.9
Alena Chistova with Bubble Hubble at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
Alena Chistova with Evolution Pro at the FAI World Meet 2004 in Croatia
The 30.9 average by IFS Moscow in Bedford was the second highest Russian meet average in 4-way history. Only a different Black Cat lineup (Valentin Ilin, Vladimir Pavlenko, Vasily Korotkov, Alexander Kvochur) had scored higher (31.6) at FAI's European Indoor Championship 2018.

Alena Chistova was the highest-scoring female 4-way competitor at the World Challenge this year, where IFS Moscow outscored SDC Rhythm XP with JaNette Lefkowitz. In Bedford, she also joined Christine Malnis, Sophia Pecout, Clementine Le Bohec, Pamela Lissajoux, Laurence Herve and JaNette Lefkowitz, all with 30+ averages in their records.

The Russian world class competitor is not only a 4-way indoor expert. Alena Chistova also competed with Evolution Pro, the former Russian national 8-way team, at world meets and world cups. She won FAI 8-way bronze at the outdoor world meets in 2004 and 2006, after competing for Russia in 4-way in Gap 2003.

15 years after winning her first FAI 8-way medal in Croatia, she finished 3rd with IFS Moscow in Bedford and missed the next FAI medal in 4-way Women with Bubble Hubble in Lille by seven points...

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