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U.S. Places Fourth At Wakeboard Worlds

The U.S. Wakeboard Team placed fourth and three U.S. athletes earned individual medals at the 12th IWWF Wakeboard World Championships, March 19-24, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Australia won the gold medal (640.00 points), while defending champion Italy earned the silver (635.00 points) and Argentina took home the bronze (445.00 points). The United States tallied 290.00 points in earning its fourth-place finish in the 25-team field. France (247.00 points) rounded out the top-five placements.

Divisions for competition at the 2018 IWWF Wakeboard World Championships were as follows (all ages taken as of Jan. 1, 2018): Boys/Girls (14 and Under); Junior Men/Junior Women (18 and Under); Masters Men/Masters Women (30 Years and Over); Veteran Men (40 Years and Over); and Open Men/Open Women (Open).

Members of the 2018 U.S. Wakeboard Team were: Dayle Cartwright (Naples, Fla.), Veteran Men; Adam Fields (Littleton, N.C.), Masters Men; Dallas Friday (Orlando, Fla.), Open Women; Adam Money (Orlando, Fla.), Masters Men; and Kim Wysocki (Chesterfield, Mich.), Masters Women. Cathy Williams (Murray, Ky.) was the team manager and Fields was the team captain. USA Wakeboard, a sport discipline organization of USA Water Ski, selected the team based upon an approved selection criteria.

At the Worlds, riders were scored on Composition, Intensity and Execution.

Fields earned the silver medal in Masters Men, scoring 49.11 points in the finals. Argentina’s Alejo De Palma won the gold (54.00 points) and Brazil’s Marcelo Giardi earned the bronze (43.44 points). Money placed sixth.

Friday earned the silver medal in Open Women, scoring 65.78 points in the finals. Australia’s Rebecca Gange won the gold (67.22 points) and Italy’s Chiara Virag earned the bronze (48.33 points).

Cartwright earned the bronze medal in Veteran Men, scoring 58.89 points in the finals. Italy’s Francesco Starita won the gold (76.33 points) and Italy’s Pierluigi Mazzia earned the silver (59.00 points).

Other individual gold medalists were: Australia’s Mackenzie McCarthy, Under 14 Girls (67.22 points); France’s Maxime Roux, Under 14 Boys (69.00 points); Australia’s Zahra Kell, Junior Women (69.67 points); Great Britain’s Luca Kidd, Junior Men (69.33 points); Italy’s Annalisa Di Corato, Masters Women (32.22 points); and Australia’s Cory Teunissen, Open Men (94.22 points).

The United States won world team titles in 2004, 2005 and 2011; Australia has now won team titles in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2018; South Africa won the team title in 2001; and Italy won the team title in 2015.

For complete results, visit https://www.iwwfed-ea.org/boatwake/18ARG01/.

The Centurion Ri23 was the official towboat of the 12th IWWF Wakeboard World Championships.
























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