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Challenging conditions throughout the week in Palma concluded yesterday with all 10 scheduled kite races being completed. Both Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) and Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) went into the last medal series with a perfect score. This is the first year that mixed teams of male and female riders coming from all over the world raced alongside the usual 10 Olympic classes.

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Elena Kalinina from Russia won all the races in the women division: “I am so excited with my results here. I really didn’t expect to win all the races. The racing conditions were not easy but in the end we did 10 races. The venue today in Can Pastilla was much better for launching and for racing. I hope we will be there next year. It was great to be part of the Trofeo Sofia IBEROSTAR with all the other Olympic classes, it is a great start for our future and hope we will be included again in more regattas with the Olympic classes.” About her goals for the rest of the year, the 18-year-old Russian rider added: “This win is giving me confidence to go and compete in the year’s main regattas: The European and World Championship. Then I hope to be selected for the Sailing World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.”

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Florian Trittel who took nine races out of 10 said, “I am very proud to win this event in Palma. I hope we will return next year with more riders. This is a good step towards the inclusion of kiteboarding in the Olympic Games!”

Overall Standings after all 10 races:

MEN
1. Florian Trittel (ESP, ML/Elf) – 9 pts
2. Alejandro Climent Hernández (ESP, ML/Ozone) – 36 pts
3. Ivan Doronin (RUS, ML/Elf) – 38 pts

WOMEN
1. Elena Kalinina (RUS, UC/Elf) – 9 pts
2. Anastasia Akopova (RUS, ML/Ozone) – 23 pts
3. Jade O’Connor (IRL, UC/Ozone) – 29 pts