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World Cup Difficulty Nantes - Hirayama and Sansoz victorious

04.11.2000 by

The Frenchwoman Liv Sansoz and the Japanese Yuji Hirayama win the fourth stage of the World Cup Difficulty 2000 at Nantes, France

The fourth stage of the World Cup Difficulty, won by Yuji Hirayama and Liv Sansoz, was characterised by a large number of athletes topping out of their routes.

In the Qualifiers 8 women and 17 men topped out, while in the women's Semi-final a staggering 14 athletes finished the route. Half of these were not enough though to guarantee a place in the Final, since Elena Choumilova, Sandrine Levet, Hyun Jung Kim, Leire Aguirre, Mi-Sun Go, Anna Tina Schultz and Damaris Knorr had failed to top out the previous day.

The women's Final was composed of Jenny Lavarda, Martina Cufar, Liv Sansoz, Muriel Sarkany, Chloè Minoret, Stéphanie Bodet and the recent European Champion, Katrin Sedlmayer. But just like in Lecco and Cormayeur, the Final failed to produce a clear winner: Liv Sansoz, Muriel Sarkany, Katryn Sedlmayer and Stéphanie Bodet all topped out, and another Superfinal was needed.

Liv Sansoz convincingly settled the score by topping out yet again, while Katrin Sedlmayer placed second, ahead of Stéphanie Bodet and Muriel Sarkany joint third-equal. Martina Cufar placed fifth, while Jenny Lavarda and Chloé Minoret joint sixth-equal.

In the men's Semi-final Yuji Hirayama, Christian Bindhammer, Alexandre Chabot, Paul Dewilde, Maxim Petrenko and Cristian Brenna all topped out and qualified for the Final, together with Arnaud Petit who managed to hold the last hold which François Legrand, Daniel Andrada and Yvhen Kryvosheitsev only managed to touch.

The men's Final, once again, produced three joint-firsts with Yuji Hirayama, Paul Dewilde and Alexandre Chabot. Yuji Hirayama climbed highest in the ensuing Superfinal, while Chabot fell one meter lower and Dewilde considerably lower still. Arnaud Petit finished 4th, ahead of Cristian Brenna, Maxim Petrenko and Christian Bindhammer joint fifth-equal.

So the stage is now set for the final leg of the World Cup Difficulty 2000 in Kranj. Yuji Hirayama has consolidated his lead of the World Cup ranking and Alexandre Chabot trails 32 points behind. Maxim Petrenko has moved into third place, separated though by only two points from Dino Lagni.

Liv Sansoz has now taken the lead in the women's event leaving Muriel Sarkany 35 points behind in second place. Stéphanie Bodet is 25 points away from the Belgian, but one never knows what might happen in a fortnight's time…


  
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Liv Sansoz and Yuji Hirayama, victorious in Nantes and leaders of the World Cup ranking photographs by F. Tremolada

Results women
1Sansoz Liv
FRA
2Sedlmayer Katrin
GER
3Bodet Stéphanie
FRA
3Sarkany Muriël
BEL
5Cufar Martina
SLO
6Lavarda Jenny
ITA
6Minoret Chloé
FRA
8Choumilova Elena
RUS
8Levet Sandrine
FRA
8Kim Hyun Jung
KOR
8Aguirre Leire
ESP
8GO Mi-Sun
KOR
8Schultz Anna Tina
SUI
8Knorr Damaris
GER
15Kotasova Vera
CZE
16Busheva Olena
UKR
16Trnkova Lenka
CZE
18Novikova Natalia
RUS
19Perlova Nataliia
UKR
20Kimura Rie
JPN
21Theroux Corinne
FRA
22Cruz Esther
ESP
23Panells Ruth
ESP
24Martha Cécile
FRA
25Lage Lisa
USA
Results men
1Hirayama Yuji
JPN
2Chabot Alexandre
FRA
3Dewilde Paul
FRA
4Petit Arnaud
FRA
5Brenna Cristian
ITA
5Petrenko Maksym
UKR
5Bindhammer Christian
GER
8Andrada Daniel
ESP
8Kryvosheitsev Yvhen
UKR
8Legrand François
FRA
11Koyamada Dai
JPN
12Caude David
FRA
12Kazbekov Serik
UKR
12Wandeler Simon
SUI
15Pouvreau Gérome
FRA
16Boudier Laurent
FRA
16Lagni Bernardino
ITA
18Chabaud Clément
FRA
19Bindhammer Andreas
GER
20Gnerro Alberto
ITA
21Gallot Lavalee
FRA
22Grom Aljosa
SLO
23Vinokur Vadim
USA
24Millet Sylvain
FRA
25Mrazek Tomás
CZE

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