Bir Billing (Himachal Pradesh): Switzerland’s Michael Kueffer put up a consistent show to clinch his maiden Paragliding World Cup title here, in a field that included the legendary Julien Wirtz of France and former world no. 1 Jurij Vidic of Slovenia.
On the final day of the competition here, Kueffer finished a close second behind Mexico’s Manuel Quintanilla in the fifth task, but ensured the title with an overall total of 3,266 points after seven days of intense action.
The women’s crown was taken by Japan’s Yuki Sato, followed by the Czech Republic’s Petra Slivova and Yael Margelisch of Switzerland. Interestingly, Kueffer did not win any of the tasks during the week but since the winner is decided on the basis of overall points, his consistenc shows made the tournament a “memorable one for him”.
Kueffer was ninth in task 1, second in task 2, 28th in task 3 and 16th in task 4 and capped it with a second place in task 5. Spain’s Xevi Bonet Dalmau (3,257 points) finished overall second, while Wirtz (3,254) was third.
Among the Indians, Ajay Kumar was the best at 31st, while Gurpreet Dhindsa and Arvind Paul ended 63rd and 70th, respectively. France won the country’s championship, while India were 12th....
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