The first day of competition for Flying Disc Freestyle at the World Urban Games featured all 12 teams competing in two pools of six teams to determine who would advance onto the second round. With only the top four teams advancing from each pool, one drop could cost a team enough points to drop them into the bottom two and end their dream of a gold medal.
Although there were a few minor shuffles among the top four seeded teams in each pool, the team from Poland ended up seed-busting up two places, which knocked the Canadian team just under the cut line. This secured their spot in the second round on Saturday morning.
Final results from both pools (with order of finish in the pool, initial seeding, and score from the first round):
Pool A First Round Score
1. Juliana Korver/Ryan Young (USA) (1) 49.0
2. Maxine Mittempergher/ Edo Turri (ITA) (4) 45.9
3. Marysia Krajewska/Kuba Radwanski (POL) (9) 45.8
4. Ilka Simon/Wowa Wagner (GER) (5) 43.4
5. Benedicte Audet/Brett Schramek (CAN) (8) 42.7
6. Paola Andrea Garcia Palaez/Pablo Azul (COL) (12) 41.6
Pool B First Round Score
1. Emma Kahle/Daniel O’Neill (USA) (2) 51.8
2. Anna Bragagnolo/Andrea Rimatori (ITA) (6) 50.3
3. Bianca Strunz/Fabian Dinklage (GER) (3) 46.6
4. Sophie Rickers/Gordy Brown (GBR) (7) 41.8
5. Vendela Arveskar/Joachim Arveskar (SWE) (11) 41.0
6. Meirav Pinhas/Yuval Reikoren (ISR) (10) 36.9
Scoring is done by a panel of six judges, headed by Paul Kenny, with a theoretical maximum score depending on degree of difficulty of 72.0 points. Play moves into the second round Saturday morning, with the top four finishers from each first round pool moving on to the round of eight in the second round. The top six finishers from the second round will move on to the finals round which will be held starting at 16:00 CET later in the day.
One of the highlights from the first round was the extraordinary play of the Polish Team of Marysia Krajewska and Kuba Radwanski,” stated Kevin Skippy Jammer” Givens, WFDF Freestyle Committee chair. “Another strong performance was put in by the team of Anna Bragagnolo and Andrea Rimatori from Italy, who were initially seeded sixth and came in second of Pool B. The focus of the second round will be to perform well and get a good seed for the finals which will be held later tomorrow. The USA teams of Juliana Korver/Ryan Young and Emma Kahle/Daniel O’Neill from USA are still the clear favorites.”
“It is an incredible atmosphere here in Budapest and the Freestyle athletes have responded with great play and big smiles,” commented Robert “Nob” Rauch, WFDF President. “We thank our gracious hosts from Budapest and appreciate all that GAISF did to pull together this first World Urban Games.”
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Powered by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the World Urban Games is the ultimate celebration of new-generation sports forged by the spirit of youth. It is a showcase for the skill, style and power of the most inspirational urban athletes on the planet. The World Urban Games comprises a wide-ranging program of competitive and showcase urban sports complimented by a Festival of youth-focused music, art and culture. These multi-sport games will be held every two years and will feature a wide range of events.