IKA Overrules, New Champion Crowned
Well the suspense has now come to an end with the IKA Executive Committee overruling the PKRA decision to postpone the Women's Super Final event from Pingtan to Haikou. In accordance to The Racing Rules of Sailing, which also apply to PKRA competitions, they do not allow any races (or heats) to be held outside of the published competition dates. Therefore,
if at the end of the competition an unbreakable tie remains (riders had lost one heat each in the double elimination), both riders shall be scored equal position. In this case, both riders were awarded first position. This then meant that Best team rider Gisela Pulido, who was originally awarded the win in Pingtan, was not able to win both of the last events in order to claim her 10th world title. The emotions were high as both riders had preferred to take it to the water for the win, but in the end this is not how it was decided.
Pulido’s response to the decision contrasted that of her opponent stating “This morning when told, I was not happy. I went out to ride anyways and had a really good session. In the end, I ride for myself and it’s just a world title. I’m super young, only 20 years old, and there’s more years to come. We’ve both have been riding and scoring well in Pingtan so I would really like to fight her in the final in Hainan. It doesn’t matter to the overall result, but winning the last event of the year would give me at least a little satisfaction.”
There was a bit of wind to position Gisela in the final for the single eliminations in Haikou today. Let's see if she will meet Karolina again or if Annelous Lammerts will rise up to the occasion.
With all that said, we would like to congratulate both Karolina Winkowska and Christophe Tack as the winners of the 2014 PKRA Freestyle World Titles.