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The visit of Qatar's national 8-way team, the Falcons, and Martial Ferre's Veloce QRF team gave the competition also an international atmosphere. The Qatar Falcons are the reigning FAI bronze medalists after the 3rd place at the FAI Outdoor World Meet 2018 in Australia. Veloce QRF added a number of different nationalities to the 8-way competition in Kassel, Germany.
Martial Ferre's QRF lineup was mainly a combination of French and German 8-way competitors this time, plus Marco Arrigo from Italy. Other members of the QRF signature lineup (Seth Erickson - Sweden, Jeremie Héritier - Switzerland, Paul Hofstee - Netherlands, Kjetil Nordin - Norway) were not available for the outdoor competition, and Martial Ferre invited French competitors to fill the open slots (Nikos Pavlidis, Jean-Pierre Roussanidès, Charles Rommel, Daniel Lamberty on camera).
Charles Rommel was a member of the French 8-way team that won the silver medals behind Paraclete XP8 at this year's FAI Indoor World Meet at Weembi Lille and posted a new 8-way indoor world record with the 44-pointer in Round 6. Martial Ferre and Charles Rommel were team mates at this event.
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Marco Arrigo, who still trained and competed with eX3MO in 2018, has been a member of the Veloce QRF signature lineup for several years. He was in Kassel as Airbus Illertissen's 8-way coach and joined Martial Ferre's Veloce QRF lineup, as well. He also competed with three of his 8-way team mates (Petra Baerenfaenger, Henning Stumpp, Uwe Soppa) for Dark Energy in 4-way and won German bronze medals.
Marco Arrigo's 8-way team could not keep up with the well trained German national team, Airbus Illertissen. However, Dark Energy took the 4-way bronze medals away from the four Airbus 8-way members of the Bardarbunga 2.0 lineup.
Veloce QRF had still outscored Airbus not too long ago at the Weembinamic 2018 indoor competition with Martial Ferre's best-trained lineup. However, the German 8-way team was much better prepared for the outdoor competition and finished ten points ahead.
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They could not repeat the success of Australia. France was back in 8-way this time and competed with a very strong team. Paraclete XP8, France and Russia's 8-way team from Tanay won the FAI indoor medals.
It will not become any easier for the Qatar Falcons in the near future, as the same three countries plan to compete for gold medals next year in Tanay. The Qatar Falcons won in Germany with a 16.1 average, which is below the 17.0 in Australia 2018.
Coach Jeremie Rollett had to deal with a personnel change right before the competition in Germany and lost one of his team members, Aziz Abdulwahab Al Motawa, who will not come back for training and competition. The alternate stepped in for him on a very short call. The team will need some time to accommodate the new full member, which will make it even more difficult to keep up with the three 8-way powerhouses from the United States, Russia and France. The Qatar bronze medals are in jeopardy...