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In fact, only 4-way world champion countries (United States, France, Belgium) can look back at three consecutive sets of medals in 1st or 2nd places at FAI World Championships of Formation Skydiving.
It is also an interesting part of 4-way Open Class history that the order in the medal rankings has never been the same - until Australia 2018. Belgium (NMP PCH HayaBusa), United States (Arizona Airspeed) and France (Aerodyne Realfly) finished in exactly the same ranking order as in 2016.
It happened only twice since 1985 that the ranking order was identical at all. France (1st), United States (2nd) and Norway (3rd) finished in exactly the same order in Gap 2003 as they did in Australia 1999.
The U.S. delegation had three different teams in the same time period between 1999 and 2003. Arizona Airspeed won silver (1999) and gold (2001) with two different lineups, and the Golden Knights 4-way team competed for the United States in 2003. France had two different lineups at the same three world meets.
Belgium, United States and France had shared the FAI medal rankings at world meets before their national teams came to Skydive Chicago in 2016 and then to Australia in 2018. Arizona Airspeed won in Maubeuge 2008, two points ahead of France, and NMP PCH HayaBusa won their first FAI medals with the 3rd place.
The same three nations won the medal positions in Dubai 2012, only in a different order. NMP PCH HayaBusa took the silver medals from France and finished only one single point behind Arizona Airspeed.
FAI World Meet 2016
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FAI World Meet 2018
Canada's 4-way Open Class team Evolution interfered in Prostejov 2014 where they won the bronze medals and left France behind and in 4th place.
NMP PCH HayaBusa, Arizona Airspeed and France all came to Skydive Chicago with different lineups. France was back in 3rd place, while Airspeed reduced the distance to HayaBusa to eight points. The reigning world champions and the French national team of 2016 then traveled to Australia with the same lineups, where Airspeed competed once again with a new lineup.
HayaBusa's winning margin was down to two points in last year, and France could not get any closer to the gold and silver positions. However, the ranking positions were exactly the same as in 2016, for the first time in 4-way history at two consecutive world meets. NMP PCH HayaBusa and Arizona Airspeed or SDC Rhythm XP may claim the two top spots once again in Tanay 2020, while the bronze medal position seems to be open at this point in time. The medal ranking order could change again...