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China in reckoning for medals as WAG nears end

December 11, 2015

China jumped onto the medals bandwagon at the end of the penultimate day of competition at the 2015 FAI World Air Games being held at the Skydive Dubai drop zone. 

China was among the dominant countries in various categories of the parachuting competition that is scheduled to conclude with the final two rounds of jumps on the final day of the event on Saturday (December 12). China had its jumpers at the top of the standings in the parachuting male team, parachuting individual female and junior male and female categories. 

Zhang Ling and Yanan He were in the lead in the junior female and male categories respectively, while in the parachuting individual female category the Chinese were all set for a clean sweep with Han Qiu Li, Zhang Yun Fei and Zhao Tian Tian tied for the top spot with an identical 3 points after five jumps.

Meanwhile, the Golden Knights from the US broke their own record in the 8-way for the second time in two months. Their original world record in the 8-way stood at 31 points, set by the Knights, way back in 1997. However, the Americans managed to set a new one of 32 in October this year, and set a new one of 33 points here.

The FAI World Air Games that are conducted under the rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), are considered the premier international multi-discipline air sports event attracting the world’s top air sports athletes from across the globe.

The FAI’s primary goals for this event are to determine the true world champions to showcase air sports to the general public and promote public participation in air sports by attracting new participants. The past three editions of the FAI World Air Games were held in Turkey (1997), Spain (2001) and Italy (2009).

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, the fourth edition of the World Air Games was held in 23 different disciplines at various dropzones in Dubai.

The 2015 FAI World Air Games are scheduled to conclude with the final day of competition at the Skydive drop zone on Saturday. There will be presentation of medals to the winners at various points during the day, and the final curtains will come down with an airshow display from 4 pm.

Entry to general public is absolutely free with many food and entertainment stalls on site for the entire family.