Hang Gliding World Championships 2013: Manfred Ruhmer wins

Manfred Ruhmer gets ready to launch at the start of 248km Task 9. Photo: Zhenshi / Forbes Flatlands

Manfred Ruhmer gets ready to launch at the start of 248km Task 9. Photo: Zhenshi / Forbes Flatlands

Manfred Ruhmer has become Hang Gliding World Champion for the fourth time after winning the World Championships in Forbes, Australia.

In a closely fought battle Manfred (AT) beat Alex Ploner (IT) into second place, finally winning by a margin of 139 points. Manfred scored 9,010 points across 10 tasks versus Alex’s 8,871. Filiippo Oppici (IT) was third with 8,560 points.

In the Women’s, Corinna Schwiegershausen (DE) won ahead of Kathleen Rigg (GB) and Tove Heaney (AU).

In the Nations, Italy took Gold, the USA took Silver and Great Britain took Bronze.

Some 104 pilots took part, from 23 countries. There were eight pilots in the Women’s class.

The competition was a spectacular success – “The flying couldn’t be any better!” Alex Ploner said of conditions at Forbes before the comp started – with 10 big tasks and one non-flying day (day 2).

Starting with a 157km race to goal on day 1 tasks of 162km, 127km, 180km, 192km, 220km, 228km 190km, 248km and 192km followed.

Manfred Ruhmer is one of hang gliding’s most decorated pilots and was World Champion in 1999, 2001 and 2003 and European Champion four times before retiring from competition in 2005.

He returned to the comp scene in 2009 for the World Championships in France but was beaten by Alex Ploner. Alex also won the title at the washed-out Worlds in Italy in 2011.

Manfred Ruhmer and Alex Ploner in the landing field after the last task. Photo: Icaro

Manfred Ruhmer and Alex Ploner in the landing field after the last task. Photo: Icaro

Manfred and Alex are team mates on Team Icaro and both fly Laminars.

Congratulations to all pilots and organisers for a great competition – look out for a full report in a future issue of Cross Country magazine.

See the gallery of photos from the competition.

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One Response to “Hang Gliding World Championships 2013: Manfred Ruhmer wins”

  1. ,Noel whittall
    January 20, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    Sounds like a great Championship. Manfred up there yet again! Good to see Corinna and Kath distinguishing themselves again too. Congratulationa all round …

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