Dubna City confirms agreement for more electrifying Jump performances !

Following the success of the Waterski and Wakeboard World Cup series in Dubna in the Moscow region last weekend, Dubna City Mayor, Mr Valery Prokh, met with Kuno Ritschard, President of the International Water Ski Federation (IWSF). On completion of detailed discussions, it was confirmed that the World Cup series will return once again to the Volga River arena in Dubna on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th  2008. This Stop will include Slalom, Shortboard and Jump for both men and women. To date, 18 Stops have been completed in the successful world-wide series. Dubna is the first major venue to declare its confirmation for 2008.

Dubna City has also constructed new Sports facilities and the World Cup series is part of its development programmes. At a location overlooking the Volga River competition site, it has ambitious plans for business generation with a new Information Technology Park scheduled to employ 30,000 staff on the drawing board.

The highlight for the 30,000 World Cup spectators last weekend was the battle for supremacy in the Men’s World Cup Jump Final. Defending champion, Freddy Krueger (USA), has had an extraordinary eighteen months of flawless performances. This five time World Record holder has remained virtually unbeatable since 2005. As IWSF World Record holder and currently ranked number one, he made an enormous impression on the fans in Dubna at the weekend with a Jump distance of 68.8m / 226ft. The Canadian athlete, Jaret Llewellyn, is consistently his major threat. He remained the last one on the starting dock. Llewellyn is an exceptional athlete with an accumulated eleven World Records to his credit plus eight World titles.  He captured two Gold Medals at the PanAm Games in Rio in Brazil just one week ago in Jump and Shortboard. Getting ahead of Krueger in Dubna was to be a daunting challenge in these circumstances. The long flight to Moscow from Rio and on to Dubna gave him just hours to recuperate in Russia. Krueger had opted out of the Rio Games. In glorious sunshine and perfect water conditions, Llewellyn’s first two attempts to overcome jet lag fell short, in spite of the supporting roar of the crowd. He also damaged his skis in the attempt. However, on his final effort behind the official MasterCraft boat , his stunning distance of 70.9m /233ft  was not just a Volga River course record, but also the longest distance ever witnessed in Russia.

The confirmed Dubna World Cup Stop in July 2008 promises to be a thriller when these two exceptional athletes compete once again for this title. Their next major duel to watch this year will be at the World Cup Stop in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland on September 7th / 9th. Krueger won that title in 2006 but Llewellyn won it in 2005. The Northern Ireland fans are guaranteed a very special treat !

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