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China's national team in 4-way Women had posted a 21.8 average at the FAI Indoor World Cup 2018 in Bahrain and improved the number to 25.4 less than half a year later at Weembi Lille.
The 21.8 average in Bahrain placed China in 4th place on the 4-way Women leaderboard. However, the competition videos from Bahrain indicated already the potential for significantly higher scores soon to come. Team X from Sweden eventually became a victim of the new Chinese 4-way Women power.
Team X had won the FAI bronze medals in Bahrain with a 22.4 average and continued with their own consistent progression, first to the 23+ level, followed by the 24.3 record average at the indoor world meet last month. It was still not even close enough to being in serious contention for the 4-way Women medals. The United States had a very strong team in 4-way Women after missing Bahrain, and Russia's Formation Skydiving delegation came to Weembi Lille with Alena Chistova and her Hubble Bubble lineup. And then there was the underdog from China on a significantly increased performance and scoring level.
FGAI Indoor World Cup 2018
In fact, Russia and China both were actually closer to the bronze medal position than Team X was behind the same two teams. There was only a 7-point difference between XPG4 and Hubble Bubble after Round 10.
China's 4-way Women team was even much closer to the medal level with their pace. They missed the bronze medal position only due to their style that the judges did not approve as clean enough.
The total number of completed formations (269) was even higher than XPG4's (267) for the 3rd place. China left Team X behind despite the 15-point damage and ended up only one single point behind Hubble Bubble.
FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
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This situation will probably add a new contender to the medal level in 4-way Women. The 26+ pace may turn into higher numbers at the beginning of the next indoor season, and the approval of the judges for a cleaner performance could bring China to the world's indoor top level in 4-way Women.
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