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Butler, Lang Win Medals At World Games

U.S. athletes Nicola Butler (Orlando, Fla.) and Erika Lang (Gilbert, Ariz.) won the gold and silver medals, respectively, in womenís wakeboarding at the 10th World Games, July 25-27, on the Old Odra River in Wroclaw, Poland. Seven athletes representing USA Water Ski participated in the multi-sport event that is held every four years and features sports not currently in the Olympics. Three-event water skiing (slalom, tricks and jumping) and wakeboarding were featured as part of this yearís events. The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation selected the athletes Ė who competed solely for individual medals Ė based on world rankings and availability.

Butler, who advanced to the finals by winning her Last Chance Qualifier Heat following the preliminary round, scored 66.78 points in the finals to capture the gold medal. Lang earned the silver with 65.44 points and Italyís Alice Virag earned the bronze with 55.22 points.

Other U.S. athletes competing in the World Games were: Samantha Dumala (Wellington, Fla.), womenís slalom; Anna Gay (Winter Garden, Fla.), womenís tricks; Brittany Greenwood (Little Rock, Ark.), womenís jumping; Adam Pickos (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.), menís tricks; and Daniel Powers (Orlando, Fla.), menís wakeboarding.

In womenís tricks, Belarusí Natallia Berdnikava won the gold medal (8,720 points). Franceís Clementine Lucine earned the silver (8,250 points) and Germanyís Giannina Bonnemann earned the bronze (7,920 points). Gay placed fourth with 7,850 points.

In womenís slalom, Germanyís Geena Krueger won the gold medal (2 buoys at 38 feet off), while Lucine earned the silver (5 buoys at 35 feet off) and Belgiumís Kate Adriaensen earned the bronze (5 buoys at 35 feet off). Dumala placed fifth (4 buoys at 35 feet off).

In womenís jumping, Berdnikava won the gold medal (160 feet), while Greeceís Marie Vympranietsova earned the silver (158 feet) and Finlandís Jutta Menestrina earned the bronze (156 feet). Greenwood placed sixth (131 feet).

In menís tricks, Australiaís Josh Briant won the gold medal (10,990 points), while Franceís Pierre Ballon earned the silver (10,220 points) and Belgiumís Olivier Fortamps earned the bronze (9,520 points). Pickos did not advance to the finals.

In menís slalom, the Czech Republicís Adam Sedlmajer won the gold medal (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off), while Canadaís Steven Neveu earned the silver (3 buoys at 39-1/2 feet off) and Italyís Thomas Degasperi earned the bronze (1 buoy at 39-1/2 feet off).

In menís jumping, Germanyís Bojan Schipner won the gold medal (212 feet), while Chileís Rodrigo Miranda earned the silver (206 feet) and Belarusí Aliaksandr Isayeu earned the bronze (205 feet).

In menís wakeboarding, Japanís Shota Tezuka won the gold medal (87.89 points), while Koreaís Sanghyun Yun earned the silver (76.22 points) and Israelís Guy Firer earned the bronze (70.89 points). Powers did not advance to the finals.

For complete results and more information on the 10th World Games, visit https://theworldgames2017.com/en/results/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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