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FAI World Paragliding champions crowned after spectacular event in North Macedonia

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Published on August 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:18s

FAI World Paragliding champions crowned after spectacular event in North Macedonia

Italy's Joachim Oberhauser and France's Meryl Delferriere were crowned men's and women's champions at the FAI World Paragliding Championship in North Macedonia

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FAI World Paragliding champions crowned after spectacular event in North Macedonia

SHOWS: KRUSHEVO, NORTH MACEDONIA (AUGUST 7-17, 2019) (QUATTRO MEDIA - ACCESS ALL) 1.

PILOTS STEERING THEIR PARAGLIDERS 2.

POINT OF VIEW OF A PILOT FROM A CAMERA MOUNTED TO HIS PARAGLIDER 3.

PILOT SHOWING HIS VIEW OF THE OTHER PILOTS IN THEIR PARAGLIDERS 4.

TWO PILOTS LAUNCHING 5.

EVENTUAL WOMEN'S CHAMPION MERYL DELFERRIERE OF FRANCE LAUNCHING 6.

PILTOS STEERING THEIR PARAGLIDERS 7.

EVENTUAL MEN'S BRONZE MEDALLIST HONORIN HAMARD OF FRANCE / HAMARD POINTING HIS CAMERA UPWARDS TO SHOW HIS PARAGLIDER 8.

PILOTS STEERING THEIR PARAGLIDERS 9.

JOACHIM OBERHAUSER OF ITALY RECEIVING HIS GOLD MEDAL 10.

OBERHAUSER ON PODIUM WITH SILVER MEDALLIST GLEB SUKHOTSKIY (LEFT) OF RUSSIA AND HAMARD (RIGHT) 11.

DELFERRIERE STEERING HER PARAGLIDER 12.

DELFERRIERE'S VIEW OF THE OTHER PILOTS IN THEIR PARAGLIDERS 13.

DELFERRIERE RECEIVING HER GOLD MEDAL 14.

DELFERRIERE ON PODIUM WITH SILVER MEDALLIST YAEL MARGELISCH (LEFT) OF SWITZERLAND AND BRONZE MEDALLIST KARI ELLIS (RIGHT) OF AUSTRALIA STORY: Krushevo, North Macedonia played host to the 16th edition of the FAI World Paragliding Championship between August 7-17.

Joachim Oberhauser, 43, took the men's honours ahead of 149 other pilots from 48 different countries.

Despite finishing 22nd in the tenth and final task, his overall total of 7308 points saw the Italian crowned champion from Russia's Gleb Sukhotskiy in second and Frenchman Honorin Hamard in third.

In the women's competition, 21-year-old Meryl Delferriere of France dominated, winning six of the ten tasks en route to the championship.

She finished well clear of Swiss Yael Margelisch and Australian Kari Ellis.

(Production: Stefan Haskins)

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