Pink Canopy Piloting Open - Day 2
By Carrie Transue
It was moving day at the Pink Canopy Piloting Open, and the competitors took to the Speed course ready to make their mark on the scoreboard.
All three speed rounds for the competition were held Friday and an upset of the top four from Day 1 looked probable after the first round. Curt Bartholomew (USA), from Team Alter Ego, won the round with a 2.583 second run. Of the top four from Day 1, only Nick Batsch cracked the top 10 scores in the first round of Speed, allowing many to make some moves in points on the leaders. One of these moves was Bartholomew who closed the gap between he and Batsch, leaving only a 6.487 point difference between 1st and 2nd. Pablo Hernandez (ESP) and Tommy Dellibac (USA), both with the PD Factory Team, held onto 3rd and 4th and looked to broaden their lead on the field with the next rounds.
A headwind slowed the field in the second round of speed, and Cornelia Mihai (UAE) from Skydive Dubai took top honors with a 2.845 second run. Bartholomew would score a close second and go into the last round of the day only 0.076 points behind Batsch.
A second 100 score by Bartholomew enabled him to take over 1st place by 10 points after the final round of Speed.
With a respective 83 and 73 point lead over 3rd place Hernandez, it would appear that Bartholomew and Batsch will battle for the gold medal in each competitors’ strongest event; Bartholomew has ended many major competitions with a 100 in Zone Accuracy and Batsch is a 6 time World Record holder in Distance and won both previous Distance rounds of the competition.
The competition for 3rd is tight, and if today is any indication, the Overall podium truly is anyone’s to take. Dellibac will be aiming to repeat last round moves to the podium (he moved from 9th place to Silver at the recent World Games in the final three rounds), while Hernandez will protect his 3rd place position and look to minimize and overtake Bartholomew and Batsch’s lead.
The last day of competition will begin Saturday morning with “skinny” Zone Accuracy (only a 1.5 meter wide 4th gate) and end with “old school” Distance (no water contact and no exit gate).
Aside from the overall competition, the Pink Canopy Piloting Open also serves as the National Championships for three countries and many competitors are focused on taking top honors in their respective National Competitions.
Dominic Roithmair from the Red Bull Skydiving Team has dominated the competition for the Austrian Championship, sitting 108 points ahead of 2nd place, Paul Alexandrow. Marco Fürst rounds out the top 3.
A tight competition is underway for the Czeck National Championship with Zbynek Zivny, Jan Bartos and Jan Roub currently positioned to podium, but 4th place Mark Rahbani and 5th place Jiri Blaska are close behind.
The closest of the three National Championship competitions, Tobias Koch, Finn Bendixen and Frank Täsler will go into the final two rounds of competition to defend their positions against top 10 within striking distance.
Scores for each event, and overall standings can be found at: http://www.btks.de/results/2013pinkopen/2013pinkopen.htm
All photos by Wolfgang Lienbacher. More photos can be found at facebook.com/lienbacherphoto
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