Dubai: American Curtis Bartholomew won the Canopy Piloting (CP) category as the 4th Dubai International Parachuting Championship (DIPC) entered its final stages on Friday.
The CP competition is divided into three sub-contests — speed, distance and accuracy — the scores of which are added together and the competitor with the highest total is named overall winner. Bartholomew ended with 717.442 points to take the crown, followed by Jason Moledzki of Canada, Julien Guiho of France and Cornelia Mihai of the UAE.
The American added a silver in the accuracy to the gold he had won in the speed category to walk away with three medals from the CP competition.
The DIPC is due to finish on December 10, with just one final round of jumps remaining in the four-way Formation Skydiving (FS), four-way FS Female, eight-way FS competitions and four rounds of the Accuracy Landing,
Meanwhile, the UAE remained in pole position for a second gold medal as they led the eight-way FS event going into Saturday’s final stage.
Winners of the four-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS) on Thursday, the hosts with 137 points had a one-point advantage over Monaco, with Russia in third on 129.
The four-way Rotation competition was completed, with France picking up the gold medal with a tally of 144 points, followed by Russia (133) and Kazakhstan (108). The UAE came fifth behind Qatar but ahead of Oman.
The US also added another medal to their collection after winning the two-way Sequential competition ahead of Russia and France, while France took gold in the Freestyle Skydiving ahead of Finland and Venezuela, leaving the US and UAE in fourth and fifth respectively.
The annual competition is held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.