he reform we told about in the previous issue, the one that separated participants into Masters and General groups, reached its goal/ In tense struggle for the third place in Fender Polish crew of Marcin and Michal Szamborski grabbed the victory, leaving Russians Sergey Toupikov and Aleksey Pintelin at the fourth position. The second place was taken by Ukrainians Mykola Derehuz and Oleksandr Dovzhenko, and the leaders were Russians Alexander Sotnikov and Evgeniya Zamoula. Evgeniya is one of very few female navigators who show high results in sport.
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The reform we told about in the previous issue, the one that separated participants into Masters and General groups, reached its goal/ In tense struggle for the third place in Fender Polish crew of Marcin and Michal Szamborski grabbed the victory, leaving Russians Sergey Toupikov and Aleksey Pintelin at the fourth position. The second place was taken by Ukrainians Mykola Derehuz and Oleksandr Dovzhenko, and the leaders were Russians Alexander Sotnikov and Evgeniya Zamoula. Evgeniya is one of very few female navigators who show high results in sport.
In Slalom the attention of participants, judges and spectators was fixed at another lady, Maria Mus from Poland, who performed well at the previous day. In finals, though, Maria and her operator Jakub Malec seriously fell behind Belarusian crew of Vladimir Bougayev and Andrey Rogonov, got 40 penal points in their first flight and were left with silver. The third place was taken by Ukrainians Mykola Derehus and Olexandr Dovzhenko, who left Russian crew of Alexander Kazakov and Vladimir Gladchenko out of the podium. The Ukrainian crew became the leading one in the General class on aggregate of two tasks.
In Masters class Fending the third place was taken by Nikita Laptev and Uladzislaw Kurs from Belarus, second place by Russians Yuri Yablokov and Konstantin Podoynitsyn, and another Russian crew of Andrey Orekhov and Vadim Sazonov took the first place. In Masters Slalom: Russians Viktor Degtyar and Petr Vasilyev from Samara Airforce Sports club came third, Belarusians Nikita Laptev and Uladzislaw Kurs second, and Russians Yuri Yablokov and Konstantin Podoynitsyn became the best.
Russian Helicopter Sport Federation president
For the first time in the world cup we DID NOT have Russian crew awarded in one of the tasks, and you know, for the first time ever I felt happy NOT seeing Russians on the podium. The General class is devised so that not only Russian crews could show themselves. Today the winning places are taken by Ukraine, Belarus and Poland.
That separation into two classes made the competition itself easier to participate. There is no limitation on the number of crews per country anymore, and rookies got an excellent chance to become champions. That immediately affected the number of crews: last year there were 30 crews in six stages and this year there were already 23 at the very first stage. How many participants will be in all four stages is to be seen, as applications are still accepted. There is a chance that crews from Austria, Britain and Germany will enter next stages after seeing that podium isn't exclusively Russian anymore. Yet foreigners, both competitors and judges, point that Konakovo can boast with the best organization.
World Cup Chief Judge
3rd prize winner in fending, General class
I'd say that your luck is 5, 10, 15 percent maybe, and the rest is how did you fly and taught yourself. We really like to come here, the competition here is higher than in world championships, and it's an opportunity for us to learn to fly like masters. Here my brother and I had our first competitions, after a long break. Last time we flew in Germany in 2017. So, we're back in sports after a hiatus.
Marcin says that he won only thanks to separation of the cup into two classes. He plans to take part in all stages this year. Moreover, he is an organizer and host of the Polish stage, and hopes that he can improve enough to participate in Masters class competitions.
Even now, though, nothing prevents pilots who don't have any World Cup awards from application for Masters competitions. The crew of Alexander Sotnikov and Evgeniya Zamula applied and qualified in two classes at once. Moreover, they got awards in both classes. Evgeniya says that composure and calm are the keys.
3rd prize winner in fending, Masters class,
1st prize winner in General class
That huge stress of losing in Russian championship worked as a benefit for us because we had nothing to lose. We lost everything we could, rushed into battle cold-blooded... and made it! Clear mind makes 90% of it.
Final results of the world cup, apart from separation by two classes, were affected by new qualification rules. For example, one of the strongest crews, Andrey Orekhov and Vadim Sazonov, didn't qualify for slalom, despite that they won Russian championships numerous times and got silver award in the 2017 World Cup.
1st prize winner in fending, Masters class
It is about this year's qualification rules change, so that each crew flies only once. It's more about chances, and that's what happened. When you take of for the first time during the day, you don't know the situation with the wind and atmosphere. We didn't qualify because we spilled the water right at the entrance, we had a gust from behind. Had we have three attempts, we'd take all that into account in the second and third flight like it happened today.//
NARRATION: Another complication is that you can take that wind into account only in theory. Pilots can't test the weather in advance and should rely only on their skills, omitting any random factors.
// You are not allowed to train at the competition days. Everyone really closely watch so that I won't perform any moves I use in the task. In short, you can't. One attempt and deal with it. I think they will fix it next year, at least we'll talk about it. I wouldn't like to leave Yakovlev without a rival in slalom.
Anyway, the World Cup was spectacular and unpredictable this year, regardless of drizzle, rain and small wind gusts that, it seemed, were meant to create extra difficulties to prove skills. The weather became better only at the award ceremony: the sun appeared only when all participants and judges assembled at the stage.
Evgeny Maximov, Anton Chekrygin, Ignat Solovey. Flight TV.