World Freestyle Skating Championships 2016, Day 1 : Speed Slalom
The WFSC 2016 officially started this Friday, November 18th, with the Speed Slalom discipline. 140 participants from all over the world were competing for the first set of the 2016 WFSC medals.
Senior Men : Pan Yu Shuo brings China the first gold medal of the WFSC 2016!
The World Champion 2014, Brivio Savio from Italy showed the best qualification time (4.347 seconds). The second best time during the qualification was performed by Pan Yu Shuo from China (4.363 seconds), which was very close to the third qualification time, made by Iranian skater, Mohammadi Sasan Sajjad (4.364 seconds).
The bronze medalist of the WFSC 2013, Wu Dong Yan (Tpe) won the qualification final against the World Champion 2015, Ye Hao Qin (Chn), receiving his second bronze World Championships medal.
The fastest qualified skater, Savio Brivio (Ita) met in the big final the Vice-World Champion 2015, Pan Yu Shuo from China. The double Junior World Champion (2014, 2013), Pan Yu Shuo won both runs and became the World Champion of the Speed Slalom Senior Men category for the first time in his skating career, bringing the first gold medal of the WFSC 2016 to his country.
Senior Women : The Vice World Champion of the last 3 World Championships, Barbara Bossi, got back her World Champion title!
The double World Champion (2013-2014) and the Vice-World Champion of last year, Wang Jia Wei (Tpe) was the fastest during the qualification (4.684 seconds). The World Champion 2012, Cristina Rotunno from Italy showed the second best qualification time (4.710 seconds). The triple Junior World Champion (2014, 2012, 2011), Chinese Lu Qian Qian finished third after the qualification (4.736 seconds).
The consolation final was played between Cristina Rotunno (Ita) and Wang Jia Wei (Tpe). After one victory on each side, Cristina Rotunno won the third run, receiving the bronze medal of this World Championships, repeating her results from the WFSC 2010.
In the big final, another Italian, Barbara Bossi won the third WFSC gold medal in her career! She already became the Speed Slalom World Champion in 2010 and 2011. This year, she won both runs in front of Lu Qian Qian (Chn), who received her very first silver WFSC medal in the Senior category.
Jinor Men : Pedram Ranjbar Vakili (Aut) won his first World Championships!
The bronze medalist of the last year's World Championship, Pedram Ranjbar Vakili (Aut) showed the best qualification time of all 4 categories (4.233 seconds)! The Junior Vice-World Champion 2014, Xiao Bing Sheng (Tpe) performed the second best qualification time (4,278 seconds), which was very close to the third time, made by Chinese Zhang Hao (4,368 seconds).
In the small final, Zhang Hao (Chn) was fighting against Iranian Shojaei Barjouei Ali. Two runs was not enough to define the winner. Chinese Zhang Hao won the third run and received his very first bronze medal in Speed Slalom.
Pedram Ranjbar Vakili (Aut) met Xiao Bing Sheng (Tpe) in the big final. The first run was played in the false starts (2 for Chinese Taipei versus 1 for Austria) and was won by the Pedram Ranjbar Vakili. The second run was also won by Pedram, who became the Junior World Champion for the first time in his career. Xiao Bing Sheng (Tpe) repeated his results from the WFSC 2014 and took the second place.
Junior Women : Lo Pei Yu confirmed her World Champion title from last year!
The Chinese Taipei skaters were the fastest during the qualifications! The World Champion 2015, Lo Pei Yu performed the best qualification time (4,697 seconds), leaving Chen Pei Yi on the second place with a time of 4,740 seconds. Su Yu Jou showed the third best qualification time ( 4,746 seconds).
The Junior World Champion 2013, Su Yu Jou (Tpe) was fighting for the victory of the consolation final against Lily Granjon from France. The current Junior European Champion, Lily Granjon, was beaten in the last decisive run and left the 3rd place of the podium to Su Yu Jou (Tpe), who brought the second bronze medal to Chinese Taipei.
The big final was represented, just like one year ago, by Lo Pei Yu and Chen Pei Yi from Chinese Taipei. Three runs were needed to define the winner. Lo Pei Yu confirmed her Junior World Champion title from last year, winning the big final for the second year in a row, and leaving the silver medal for Chen Pei Yi, who is now the double Junior Vice-World Champion (2016, 2015).
After the first day of the WFSC 2016, Chinese Taipei is leading in the medal standings with 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Polina Semenova for WorldSlalomSeries.com
Special thanks for the information and details to Alexandre Lebrun - rollerenligne.com
Photos by Alexandre Lebrun