Shanghai Slalom Open 2016 : results and new Free Start WSSA World Record!
The biggest Asian slalom competition, Shanghai Slalom Open (SSO), was held in China in the middle of October. More than 90 skaters from 17 countries arrived to be part of this famous 3 cones event. Here are the news from the 2016 SSO podiums.
Artem Puzanov (Rus) won the Senior Men's Battle final, improving his result from the last year when he was only fourth. This is the first main victory for Artem and his best result so far! His teammate, Gleb Vinogradov (Rus) finished on the second place of the podium, showing his best result ever. Nicolhas Yuki Santoni (Ita) did great, taking the third place and leaving the fourth position to Lorenzo Demuru, also from Italy.
Ewelina Czapla (Pol) received her very first main victory in the Senior Women's Battle! Camilla Morbidoni (Ita) improved her last year's result, when she was only 13th, to the second place! Eva Cochey-Cahuzac (Fra) finished third; Nadezhda Zapuskalova (Rus) took the fourth place.
Artem Puzanov (Rus) added one more main victory to his collection, winning the Senior Men's Classic competition. He took the first place in front of two Chinese skaters, Zhang Li Feng (Chn) and Pan Yu Shuo (Chn), who finished on the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Chinese Chen Chen was the strongest in the Senior Women's Classic category. Oksana Pervenenok (Rus) showed her best result ever, taking the second place. Camilla Morbidoni (Ita), who was only 6th last year, finished on the third step of the podium.
Chinese Zhang Tian Yu and Zeng Chen Yu won the Slalom Pair contest, leaving the second place for the Pair from South Korea, represented by Kim Jun Kyeom and Yu Jin Seong. Italians, Nicolas Quiriconi and Andrea Rotunno finished third.
In the Speed Slalom Senior Men's category, Pan Yu Shuo (Chn) improved his result from the last year when he was second and won the big final against Yang Zeng-Liang (Tpe). Tiziano Ferrari (Ita) won the consolation final in front of Cheng Wei-Che (Tpe), who showed the best qualification time (4.350 sec) and finished fourth.
Wang Tzu-Chien (Tpe), who changed her name to Wang Jia Wei, won the Speed Slalom Senior Women's final for the 4th year in a row! She was the fastest during the qualification ( 4,763 sec) and won the final race against Liang Hsuan-Min (Tpe). Deng Ling from China was the strongest of the consolation final and took the third place, leaving Yang Jhih-Ci (Tpe) on the fourth position.
Chung Yung-Tzu (Tpe) who was only fifth last year, did great and took the first place of the Men's Freestyle Slides big final! The winner of the last year, Yang Cheng (Chn) took the second place. The current World Champion, Huang Hai Yang (Chn) finished third, leaving Liu Wei (Chn) at the one step from the podium.
The World Champion 2015, Bohdana Hotsko (Ukr) won the big final of the Women's Slides competition. The last year's winner and the current world number one, Natalia Krykova (Rus) took the second place. Nichakan Chinupun (Tha) finished third. Spanish, Laura Abraham Fernandez got the fourth place.
In the Speed Slalom Junior Women's category, Lo Pei-Yu (Tpe) improved her last year's result when she was third and won the Speed Slalom Junior Women's final. She was not only the fastest woman of the whole event but she also made the new Free Start WSSA World Record, which was actually improved one week before the SSO! Lo Pei-Yu beat with a time of 4,637 seconds the previous record, made by Lily Granjon during the EFSC 2016 (4,640 sec). The new Free Start WSSA World Record in the Women's category was officially validated by the head judge and the World Slalom Skaters Association.
Xiao Bing-Sheng (Tpe) was the fastest during the qualification (4,365 sec) and won the Speed Slalon Junior Men's final!
Zhang Hao (Chn) won both, Classic and Battle Junior Men's Categories. He is winning the SSO Junior Classic for the third year in a row! Liu Jia Xin (Chn) was the strongest in the Junior Women's Battle and Bao Yi Fan (Chn), who was only 5th last year, won the Junior Women's Classic category.
Polina Semenova for WorldSlalomSeries.com
Photos by Evelyn