Be Amazed! The Paper Wings World Finals
The Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals took place this weekend with contest from around the world filling their iconic Hangar-7 in Salsburg. The fourth edition of the event did not disappoint. 535 qualifiers and more than 46,000 contenders from 16 different nations participated earlier to select the 200 athletes who traveled to competed in distance, time of flight and aerobatics.
Veselin Ivanov of Bulgaria dethroned champion Thomas Back in the longest distance category even though the Czech came close to a world record with his second throw. (see the video below) Ivanov kept his cool in an electrifying atmosphere to win with a throw of 53.22m ahead of Jovica Kozlica from Croatia and Japan’s Yuki Kajiya, who managed third thanks to his plane’s unique design. Ivanov with tears in his eyes said, “I did not expect this, I cannot believe I won. It is such a dream come true for me.”
The aerobatics category was won by Avedis Tchamitchian of Lebanon. He seemed to defying the laws of physics as he landed a maximum 50 points saying, “I am overwhelmed. The judging was so fair for every participant. Just awesome. I will definitely be back in 2018 to defend my title.”
The finale for the longest airtime title, the narrowest seen at the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals, saw Armenian Karen Hambardzumyan snatching victory with a 14.36 second flight, ahead of Ma Ieng from Hong Kong, whose plane lasted 13.76 seconds in the air. Japan’s Yohei Hayashi was third.
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Final Ranking Longest Distance: 1. Veselin IVANOV (BUL) – 53,22 m 2. Jovica KOZLICA (CRO) – 51,22 m 3. Yuki KAJIYA (JPN) – 50,05 m
Final Ranking Aerobatics: 1. Avedis TCHAMITCHIAN (LBN) – 50 points 2. Tomasz CHODYRA (POL) – 47 . 3. Ryan NACCARATO (USA) – 46 .
Final Ranking Longest Airtime: 1. Karen HAMBARDZUMYAN (ARM) – 14,36 secs 2. MA IENG (HKG) – 13,76 secs. 3. Yohei HAYASHI (JPN) – 12,18 secs.
Best Team: Hong Kong – 21 points
Images by Samo Vidic and Sebastian Marko for Red Bull Content Pool.