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Hayabusa Defence needed to score one more point in the jump-off round, as yesterday's NSL News story explained. Tied scores in the last competition jump of the World Cup would have given the gold medals to France Maubeuge, according to the IPC rules for tie-breaking situations.
Dr. Rainer "Exi" Hoenle's comments live from the judging room confirm this situation between the two teams. It sounds as if France did not try to take any chances and did what they had done throughout the whole meet in Russia - present a clean and safe top performance to the judges.
Hayabusa Defence had to attack. The Belgian team had performed well with memory sequences before. The jump-off round was the 5th one in Stupino, and Hayabusa could be confident after winning two of the previous four memory dives over France. The pressure was still tangible, as Exi's comments from the judging situation show.
Here comes the French team from Maubeuge. They perform calmly and confidently. However, the first viewing shows the end of the working time after 21 points. It is the same score after the third viewing, no busts. Hayabusa Defence is the winner of the FAI World Cup 2007 and the European Championship 2007.