STARTLIST WORLDCUP - Fabien in A-final !!
The startlist of tonights Worldcup is online.
In mens class as in womens class there are not 50 but 51 listed in the A-final.
In womens class it's Becky Carlyle and in Mens class it's Fabien Pasquasy who seems to be added afterwards.
The new rule includes that the highest ranked in the World Ranking are added to the 40 + 5 best of A+B-final in Finland. So minimal 5 are added to obtain the number of 50. But in mens class there are 19 men added because 13 didn't subscribe for this event.
Fabien currently is ranked 119th in the world ranking. Thibaut Magne (129), J-Baptiste Bourrin (120) and Anders Skarholt (141) are ranked lower. It's not really clear why Anders Skarholt (141) is in the A-final. Maybe a little trick of the organisers to have one more norwegian in the A-final.
With this trick Norway has 8 men in tha A-final although . Olav Lundanes is the 9th runner in the B-final. Thereby Norway is one of 4 countries who subscribe the maximal of runners for this worldcup together with Great Brittain, Danmark and Belgium. It seems that countries like Finland and Czech Republic decided to subscribe only the ones who were automaticly in the A-final.
It's obvious that the new rules has not really increased the level of the competitions but has more an effect on the subscriptions of the countries. This probably is not what IOF wanted to obtain.