Day four of the Corniel and Sol GKA Mauritius Freestyle Champions
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 10:10 AM
Day four of the GKA Kite World Cup Mauritius, taking place in front of the Heritage Hotel's C-Beach Club and the Kite Globing centre, in Bel Ombre started at the quarter final stage for the Freestyle men's division, while the women had already progressed to the semis.
The heats were packed with incredibly high trick scores throughout, but there was heartbreak. Long-term competitor, Stefan Spiessberger, re-dislocated his shoulder at the start of the second quarter final. Very out of character, reigning champion Carlos Mario also injured his knee during the warm-up for his semi-final.
Mario's sudden withdrawal offered the chance to this year's new tour leader, Maxime Chabloz, to really capitalise on points. Could he take advantage?
In the first men's semi-final Posito Martinez scored the day's joint highest trick score with a 9.9 for a heart attack 7, but the Dominican would finish in third, agonisingly just 0.27 off qualifying for the final.
Liam Whaley's 9.6 for a KGB7 on his penultimate trick had moved him into first, where he finished, just ahead of brave Valentin Rodrigues who was repeatedly landing incredible manoeuvres.
They both progressed to the final.
The second semi-final would have been the best heat of the event, had it not been for semi-final number 1. In the end Adeuri Corniel took it after a super close heat throughout, with the top three riders all finishing on 33 points, with the decimals making the difference. Adeuri beat Delmas by 0.3, while Maxime Chabloz was left to rue the chance to extend his lead at the top of the championship by missing a good take-off and getting a really low trick score on his final attempt, missing out on the final by 0.7 points!