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    A Brazilian Battle in the Women's Final at GKA Gran Canaria

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    A Brazilian Battle in the Women's Final at GKA Gran Canaria

    Saturday 15th June 2019 
    Words: Matt Pearce / Video: Mint Grigas / Photos: Svetlana Romantsova

     

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    1). Mikaili Sol

     

    In the second semis showdown, Rita Arnaus and Pippa van Iersel were leading from early in the heat and were soon locked into a duel for first place. The young Dutch rider van Iersel was consistently landing decently scored tricks but Rita stuck a slim chance for 7.67 points and, with only one trick attempt left, Pippa couldn't match her.

     

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    2). Bruna on the charge in the semi-finals

     

    The first heat was between Mikaili, Bruna Kajiya and Therese Taabbel and the sequence would continue where the riders left off on Friday which meant each competitor already had two scores on the board.

     

    Mikaili opened with a KGB for 7.97 but Bruna wasn't far behind with a back to blind (6.67) and Therese was consistently scoring in the high fives.

     

    Mikaili then racked up another high score with a 7.93 for a heart attack and then she upped the anti further with a back mobe that scored her 8.07!

     

    That meant that in one heat she'd just landed the three highest scoring tricks of the whole event so far and had secured the biggest combined score too - 31.04. Insane!

     

    Bruna wasn't far behind her though, and at the final count they were both through to the final.

     

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    3). Mikaili Sol's first event of the season in Leucate didn't go to plan - today she put that behind her

     

    In the second semis showdown, Rita Arnaus and Pippa van Iersel were leading from early in the heat and were soon locked into a duel for first place. The young Dutch rider van Iersel was consistently landing decently scored tricks but Rita stuck a slim chance for 7.67 points and, with only one trick attempt left, Pippa couldn't match her.

     

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    4). Hannah Whiteley showed her class, but it was too little too late

     

    Hannah Whitely and Natalie Lambrecht, the two taller riders, had both been struggling in light conditions early in the heat but Hannah managed a double back to wrapped to pull into third on her last trick.

     

    It wouldn't be enough to make it into the top two though, and Rita won to go through to the finals alongside Pippa in second.

     

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    5). Rita reacts to the news that she'd gone through to the finals

     

    THE FINAL

    Bruna drew first blood, opening with two high scores for an s-bend to blind and a back to blind but Mikaili answered back with a slim chance, a back to blind and then a super clean heart attack to pull into the lead.

     

    Bruna wasn't about to take that lying down though, and she stomped a double back to wrapped to regain the lead with a substantial combined score of 28.24.

     

    She still had three trick attempts in hand, but was already leading comfortably. Bruna was going to be tough to beat but a storm was brewing beneath her with Mikaili in second, Rita close behind her in third and Pippa in fourth, but by a slim margin.

     

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    6). Mikaili sends a back mobe with Kajiya in the background

     

    Sol then retook the lead with a back mobe which brought her combined score to 29.47 and Bruna now had one trick attempt left and just one chance to answer back.

     

    Her last trick was an s-bend to blind and she landed it clean, but it wasn't enough. Before Mikaili had even done her last trick, she'd already won the heat!

     

    Although the top spot was secured, the battle for third place was still raging at this point and Rita's early form was looking shaky as she crashed her last two trick attempts.

     

    This gave Pippa her chance, and she stuck an s-bend to blind and a back to blind in rapid succession. All Rita could do was look on as Pippa pulled in to third...by just 0.37 points!

     

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    7). All smiles after a long day of waiting pays off

     

    It's a strong finish for Pippa, building on her fourth place finish from earlier this year in Leucate. The fact that her mother was there to watch her make the podium no doubt added to the stoke!

     

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    8). Mikaili Sol (BRA), Bruna Kajiya (BRA), Pippa van Iersel (NL), Rita Arnaus (ESP)

     

    WOMEN'S FINAL RESULTS

     

    • 1: Mikaili Sol (BRA)
    • 2: Bruna Kajiya (BRA)
    • 3: Pippa van Iersel (NL)
    • 4: Rita Arnaus (ESP)

     

    GKA Freestyle World Cup - Gran Canaria - Day Three Highlights

     

    So that wraps up the women's division at this event but the men still have scores to settle. Tomorrow's the final day of the event window and the last chance to run the men's semi-finals and finals!

     

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