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Finland's participation at the World Tunnel league events, initiated and organized by Vesa Vuorenkoski, is showing great results. It was the first time that three Finnish AAA Class teams posted 20+ meet averages at the same competition. In fact, it was the first time that any other AAA Class team from Finland than Pro Team left the 20-average benchmark behind.
Tempo came close at the World Challenge with a 19.6 average and has not followed up so far this year due to changes in the lineup. However, Tempo member Jorma Löfgren did not want to sit out at the June meet of the World Tunnel League at Fööni and joined the Syrjähyppy lineup for the meet.
He had three other experienced 4-way competitors by his side (Nadja Lönnroth, Matthew Iles, Vesa Vuorenkoski), and result was the 21.3 average on June 15th.
World Tunnel League June 2019
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Nadja Lönnroth was a member of the Tigers, Finland's national 4-way team before the Pro Team took over the reigns. She moved to the United States and continued with 4-way competition in different teams, including Mark Kirkby's player-coach team EOS at the USPA Nationals 2015 and several AAA Class pickup teams at other events.
The third Finnish team with a 20+ average, Just4Fun, had Vesa Vuorenkoski in his second lineup, together with Nina Kivilompolo, Riku Peltola and Markus Pitkänen. Nina Kivilompolo and Markus Pitkänen both were Nadja Lönnroth's team mates in the original Tigers lineup.
The three Tigers of 2006 - 2008 were back this month in their two different lineups, and they even met the team that succeeded them as the national 4-way team in 2009, the Pro Team. The 4-point battle at the national championships in 2009 had brought the change, and the Pro Team competed for Finland at the FAI World Meet 2010 in Menzelinsk.
Finnish Nationals 2009
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The 26.1 average this month was a new team record average and the first time above the 25+ level. A 26+ average would have been close to the 8th place at the indoor world meet in April.
The meets of the World Tunnel League offer Pro Team valuable competition practice that the team needs to continue with their progression. Goal is the outdoor world meet in Tanya 2020, where the Pro Team would like to leave all other previous results of Finnish teams in the dust, including their own 20.4 average in Menzelinsk 2010, which was boosted by one Super Sequence (43) in Round 3 and a second fast sequence in Round 9 (28).
The world meet in Menzelinsk 2010 was the last one that the Pro Team attended, and they will be back in Russia a decade later, with former team packer Kalle Pohjola in the lineup...