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Did You Know...

... that IFS Moscow are the new Russian 4-way indoor champions?

Russian Indoor Nationals 2020
posted Dec 30th, 2020 - IFS Moscow have been one of the best indoor 4-way teams in the world since the team was founded in 2017.

The team career began with a 26.6 average and a 7th place at the World Challenge 2017 and a 3rd place with a 30.9 average at the same event in 2019.

IFS Moscow still have not competed yet for Russia at an indoor world meet. Black Cat represented Russia in Montreal 2017 and at Weemi Lille in 2019, after winning the qualifying Russian national indoor championships.

This now changed just a few weeks ago when IFS Moscow won the Russian Indoor Nationals and will compete at the next indoor world meet.

Black Cat did not compete in Moscow this year, however, this year's national indoor championships were everything but a walk in the park for the the winning team. Even the 30.8 average after ten rounds was still challenged by a new top contender, the military team of the Russian Air Force.


Russian Indoor Nationals 2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 22,9,11 6,12,N 16,L,7 B,F,P,21 4,K,G,8 O,C,H,3 17,5,E J,10,20 A,1,D,14 18,19,M Total Avg
1 IFS-Moscow 25 26 34 42 29 35 39 22 29 27 308 30.8
2 VDV 25 26 34 37 24 37 41 24 28 28 304 30.4
3 Russian Thunder 25 24 34 38 26 34 37 20 26 26 290 29.0
4 Bubbles 21 23 27 33 25 29 37 22 25 23 265 26.5
5 Team 42 18 19 26 32 22 27 25 19 26 23 237 23.7
6 Antitela 20 20 26 27 19 29 29 17 23 23 233 23.3
7 DDW-Team 20 17 25 31 17 29 33 17 22 18 229 22.9
8 No Limits 16 17 24 28 20 27 26 17 20 20 215 21.5
9 Quatro 19 18 21 24 17 26 29 16 18 21 209 20.9
10 5th Element 19 15 21 28 20 24 27 13 18 15 200 20.0
11 Bumblbee 14 15 21 24 17 23 23 14 19 14 184 18.4

IFS Moscow and VDV at the Russian Indoor Nationals 2020
Alexander Golovkin (left) with Black Cat at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
Black Cat have not been back after the 6th place at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019 and a 2nd place at the outdoor championships a few months later. Black Cat members Valentin Ilin, Vasily Korotkov and Evgeny Stashchenko are all members of the Tanay 8-way team and prepare exclusively for the outdoor world meet at the FAI Mondial Tanay 2020 in August next year.

IFS Moscow was somehow in the same situation, as original member Dmitry Samokhval had to drop out of the 4-way team for now, as well, and focus only on 8-way training and competition.

Alena Chistova replaced Dmitry Samokhval after the Wind Games 2020, and the new lineup had begun with preparation for the FAI Indoor World Cup 2020. The event was canceled due to the corona virus pandemic, and Alena Chistova left the team in August.

Eventually, both teams found a combination that worked on both sides. Alexander Golovkin had competed for Black Cat at Weembi Lille last year, and he was without a team when the Black Cat members turned to 8-way. He replaced Dmitry Samokhval and Alena Chistova for IFS Moscow, won his Russian indoor gold medal and would compete again at the next indoor world meet.


Covid Cup 2020
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class M,E,B,20 5,6,22 2,J,19 13,L,17 14,F,15 D,G,K,16 3,12,N Q,9,21 8,O,7 A,1,4 Total Avg
1 IFS-Moscow 39 22 26 28 25 32 25 34 31 26 288 28.8
2 Russian Thunder 37 20 24 28 25 28 20 30 25 24 261 26.1
3 Team 42 31 18 20 23 24 28 20 29 23 21 237 23.7
4 DDW-Team 28 15 16 20 20 24 18 25 20 19 205 20.5
5 Antitela 22 17 18 18 20 22 17 24 20 18 196 19.6
6 Quatro 22 13 19 18 18 21 15 24 21 17 188 18.8
7 Bumblbee 24 16 14 14 14 18 15 22 19 17 173 17.3

IFS Moscow at the Covid Cup in October
IFS Moscow with Alena Chistova at the World Challenge 2019
Yury Drozdov, Egor Gusev and Dmitry Komkov with Alexander Golovkin in the lineup finished almost exactly with the same meet average (30.8 - 30.9) that they had posted with Alena Chistova replacing Dmitry Samokhval for the same reason at the World Challenge 2019.

The world-class average in Moscow was still just barely enough to fend off the VDV challengers. The Air Force team had finished in 3rd place at last year's indoor championships with a 23.9 average. IFS Moscow member Egor Gusev explained that the team spent around three hours per week with coach Georgiy Miroshnichenko in their military wind-tunnel.

Georgiy Miroshnichenko is a top competitor himself and finished in 3rd place with Russian Thunder. The VDV lineup now outscored their coach at the nationaL indoor championships.

IFS Moscow attended a warm-up meet eight weeks before the national championships. They won easily over Russian Thunder at that time. However, the winning 28.8 performance might have not been enough to win the national indoor title...

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