FAI Free Flight World Cup 2017

FF WCup

Report on 2017 FAI Free Flight World Cup

by Ian Kaynes Chairman, CIAM FF Subcommittee/F1 World Cup Coordinator January 2018

The 2017 Free Flight World Cup finished with the Otzma Open and Hanukkah Open F1A F1B F1C F1Q competitions in Israel during December. This report replaces the interim report issued in November 2017.

The winner of F1A is Per Findahl of Sweden with more than four victories in events this year, the seventh time that Per has won the World Cup. He was followed by Aviv Balassiano of Israel and then Thomas Weimer of Germany, both with three wins and a second place as their scoring results, but a large difference in bonus points since Aviv won the large Budapest Cup just before the World Championships. Per extended his lead by winning one of the final events in Israel, at which Aviv placed fourth.

The top three in F1A-Junior all had four victories with the placing decided by a few bonus points for Vitek Rossler (CZE) winning ahead of Tamara Kiss (ROU) and Filip Klobusicky (SVK).

The top two flyers in F1B had at least 4 victories in their results and Oleg Kulakovsky (Ukriane) won by a margin of just 8 points over Alexander Andriukov (USA). They were followed by the 2017 World Champion Stepan Stefanchuk with three wins and a second place.

F1B Junior winner is Bojan Gostojic (Serbia) who also won in 2015 and 2016. He was followed by Ekaterina Demtsenko and Vladislav Dreiers, both of Latvia.

The top four in F1C all have at least four victories so the top three are selected on bonus points: Larissa Savukhina (Russia) won, followed by Volodymyr Sychov (Slovenia) in second place and Viacheslav Aleksandrov (Ukraine) in third place. Aleksandrov won both of the events in Israel and so moved into third place ahead of Juri Roots (Estonia).

F1P Junior was won by Elizaveta Klimakova by a clear margin with four wins. Ekatrina Klimakova flew won both F1P events in Israel to move into second place, followed by Vladislav Lipov. The top three in F1J Junior are all from Russia.

The top three in F1Q all had at least for wins each and the places decided on bonus points. Omri Sirkis (Israel) won one event in Israel and with wins in the largest competitions of the year he had a clear margin over Zeljko Grepl (Croatia) and Ian Kaynes (United Kingdom)

The F1E winner is Jacek Zurowski (Poland) with three wins and a second place giving him a clear lead over the following flyers. Jaromir Orel (Czech Republic) was second with two victories, a second place and a fifth place. Fritz Mang (Austria) has taken third place with one win, two seconds and a fifth place.

The winner of F1E Junior was Theo Laura (France) followed by Jakub Wisniewski (Poland) and Florian Winker (Germany).

To conclude on a sad note, the murder has been reported of Borislav Bardarov of Bulgaria, the current holder of the F1A World Cup from his victory in 2016,

Organisation

The top three places in each event have been displayed on the FAI web site and updated frequently throughout the year at this page.

The detailed results have been uploaded to the coordinator’s web site and there are links to this from the FAI web page for both the results of each class or the overall summary.

The FAI Identification Number provides a valuable aid to recognising competitors and the numbers are included in the detailed results listings where available. However, it is still not possible to make large scale checks FAI ID for all competitors in the World Cup database since there is still no facility for checking lists of people and it is not feasible to check more than 3000 names one at a time via the sporting licence web page checking facility.

Statistics

The two regular tables of statistics are presented for the 2017 World Cup. The database of competition results has been reorganised during 2017 and this results in some differences in the second table. This table of the number of competitors per country is now for competitors scoring World Cup points in one or more competitions. The “ALL” column has been reduced to counting a person once irrespective of how many classes they have flown in (previously refined only between junior and senior classes, but with double counting of a person if they flew, for example, both in F1A and F1Q).

The total number of participants was about 10% below the figure for 2016 despite there being a similar number of competitions. There appears to be a number of reasons:

Total number of participants in all competitions: 4982

F1A F1A-J F1B F1B-J F1C F1P-J F1Q F1E F1E-J
Number of competitions 63 44 64 44 59 17 33 23 17
Total number of entries 1875 305 1224 126 509 43 141 636 123
Number of competitors scoring points:
in 1 event 165 39 101 20 42 8 17 48 11
in 2 events 89 22 54 5 24 3 13 25 8
in 3 events 35 9 27 6 15 1 2 18 1
in 4 events 21 5 21 3 9 1 1 10 2
in 5 events 15 2 9 2 5 0 2 2 6
in 6 events 10 1 1 0 3 1 1 6 0
in 7 events 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 4 0
in 8 events 7 0 3 1 5 0 0 3 0
in 9 events 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
in 10 events 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
in 11 events 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0
in 12 events 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
in 13 events 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
in 14 events 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
in 15 events 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
in 16 events 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
in 17 events 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total number of competitors scoring World Cup points 356 80 231 37 104 14 37 118 28

Number of competitors per country, only those scoring points in 2 or more events:

F1A F1A Junior F1B F1B Junior F1C F1P Junior F1Q F1E F1E Junior All
RUS 53 RUS 14 RUS 36 RUS 7 RUS 35 RUS 9 FIN 6 FRA 19 ROU 6 RUS 134
ISR 31 ISR 10 UKR 21 POL 6 UKR 8 POL 2 GER 6 GER 16 POL 5 FRA 65
GER 26 BUL 7 FRA 18 BUL 5 POL 5 BUL 1 UKR 5 POL 15 CZE 4 GER 63
FRA 24 FRA 6 ISR 15 FRA 3 USA 5 HUN 1 GBR 3 ROU 15 GER 4 ISR 56
CZE 15 POL 6 USA 15 GER 3 AUS 4 MGL 1 HUN 3 CZE 12 FRA 3 POL 52
FIN 15 SLO 6 GER 14 ISR 3 BUL 4 ISR 3 ITA 12 SVK 3 UKR 50
SLO 15 FIN 4 POL 13 LAT 3 CHN 4 USA 3 SVK 7 ITA 2 USA 37
POL 14 SVK 4 CZE 8 UKR 2 FRA 4 DEN 2 SUI 5 BUL 1 CZE 36
UKR 12 CZE 3 MGL 7 SRB 2 GBR 4 ITA 2 USA 5 FIN 27
ROU 10 GER 3 NED 6 CHN 1 HUN 4 BIH 1 AUT 4 ROU 27
USA 10 ROU 3 TUR 6 CZE 1 ISR 4 CRO 1 BUL 3 BUL 25
BUL 9 BIH 2 AUS 5 USA 1 ITA 4 FRA 1 UKR 3 ITA 23
SVK 9 MGL 2 CHN 5 GER 3 POL 1 GBR 2 SLO 22
BIH 8 CHN 1 CRO 5 KAZ 2 GBR 21
HUN 8 CRO 1 GBR 5 SLO 2 HUN 18
NED 8 DEN 1 FIN 4 SRB 2 SVK 17
SRB 8 EST 1 NZL 4 AUT 1 MGL 15
GBR 7 GBR 1 SLO 4 BLR 1 NED 15
CRO 6 HUN 1 BIH 3 CAN 1 BIH 14
DEN 6 ITA 1 BUL 3 CRO 1 CRO 13
AUT 5 NED 1 LAT 3 CZE 1 AUS 12
MGL 5 UKR 1 ROU 3 EST 1 SRB 12
SUI 5 SRB 1 SRB 3 FIN 1 AUT 11
TUR 5 CAN 2 MGL 1 CHN 11
AUS 4 EST 2 MKD 1 TUR 11
EST 4 HUN 2 NED 1 DEN 10
SWE 4 ITA 2 SUI 9
ARG 3 JPN 2 EST 8
CAN 3 LTU 2 LAT 8
ITA 3 MKD 2 NZL 7
PRK 3 NOR 2 CAN 6
LAT 3 SWE 2 MKD 6
LTU 3 AUT 1 SWE 6
MKD 3 DEN 1 LTU 5
NZL 3 KAZ 1 KAZ 4
KOR 2 KOR 1 ARG 3
CHN 1 SVK 1 KOR 3
KAZ 1 SUI 1 PRK 3
NOR 1 MNE 1 NOR 3
ESP 1 JPN 2
BLR 1
ESP 1
MNE 1

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