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World Championship 2014 Results Analysis

Now that the World Championship is over, it is interesting to analyse the results in more details. I therefore made an in-depth analysis of the scores and came up with several graphics and tables. As a reminder, you can find the official final results here : Official Final Results WC2014

Let’s have a look first at the top-10 ranking evolution across the championship. What does this graph tell us? We can see here that the 3 winners – Yudai, Uwe and Lupercio – were already in the top-5 after the 5th flight. We see also that 3 pilots started quite badly but came back in the ranking after 5 flights: this is the case for the 2013 European Champion and Vice-Champion Rokas Kostiuskevicius and his dad Rimas, but also for my russian friend Artem Denisenko.  Unfortunately, Stefan Zeberli, a great swiss pilot I had the chance to meet during Swiss Nationals this year, missed the podium after having been very close to be a world medal winner this year.

WC2014 Results Top 10 evolution

Let’s look now at some specific tasks to see which competitors are the best respectively for targets tasks (every tasks involving a physical target and only one marker drop, e.g., FIN, JDG, HWZ, HNH) or FLY-ON tasks.

The following table presents the results only for FON tasks. This inform us on which pilots are the best at choosing a FON and then reaching it of course ! The results of Yudai FUJITA (JAP) are really impressive with a mean score of 15m out of 3 tasks. When you know that FAI loggers have a 5 meters accuracy, this is amazing. You can also see that the top-10 is almost the same here than for the general ranking. The USA team shows a little weakness here with the first US pilot ranking 20th. On the contrary, we see that some pilots who are not  in the top 30 (my friend Roman Hugi #33 or my colleague at the Kubicek Factory Team Michael Suchy #48) are actually very good at FON tasks 🙂

WC2014 Results FLYON tasks

This table now presents the results only for “physical targets” tasks. The spanish pilot Jose-Maria LLADO was the best at throwing single markers with an average distance from the target of 86m. Here we see also that the US team is much better at this exercise than the  FON with 3 US pilots in the top-10 for physical targets tasks and 7 US pilots in the top-20! I know that US pilots are used to these target tasks and experience brings a lot of success 🙂 Similarly, there is a legend saying that the amazing German pilot Uwe Schneider throws hundreds of markers every year during training flights… Looking at his ranking (9th) on target tasks, this might actually hold true! Finally, it is also impressive to look at the mean score for all competitors on Task #22 (HWZ) : only 18m on average. I assume that it was really raining markers that day on these targets!

WC 2014 Results Analysis Target Tasks

Now we have analyzed results and tasks, we can look at the penalties and their influence on the general ranking.  Please note here that some penalties are estimates based on distance infringements. For example, Mark SULLIVAN got a 50m distance penalty due to marker not unrolled completely.  In this case, I looked at how many points this pilot would have got without this distance penalty and calculated the difference between his score with and without penalty. We can see here that the penalties for some pilots have consequences on the ranking. My friend Artem Denisenko was quite unlucky here with some logger handling penalties making him loose 2 places at general ranking! I also estimated that Stefan Zeberli loosed approximately 600 points and Ralph Fasler approximately 400 points by entering wrong coordinates to declare the FON of the task #21. It’s not a penalty but I think it’s interesting to see the impact of a wrong logger handling.

WC2014 Results Analysis Penalities

Regarding penalties, I also have noticed that sometimes not unrolling your marker will make you loose more points (about 850 points in the case of Mark SULLIVAN task #22) than impacting another balloon during a midair collision (500 points for Andrey KULKOV task #5). Unfortunately, the rules are the rules!

Finally, I also calculated individual graphs for the top-20 pilots with the ranking evolution, the evolution of mean score for each flight, their ranking for FON tasks, ranking for physical targets tasks and finally the impact of penalties on their ranking. In the case some pilots not in the top-20 are also interested in having their individual graphs, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Individual graphs look like this:

Capture d’écran 2014-07-29 à 19.31.20

Please find the .pdf files under the following links:

Yudai Fujita – Uwe Schneider – Tod Isley – Stefan Zeberli – Sergey Latypov – Nicolas Schwartz – Paul Petrehn – Rhett Heartstill – Rimas Kostiuskevicius – Rokas Kostiuskevicius – Nico Betzen – Marc Blaser – Lupercio Lima – Jose-Maria Llado – Joe Heartstill – Alexander Dultsev – Andy Baird – Artem Denisenko – Fabio Passos – Gerald Stuerzlinger

All the websites you need to know to follow the World Championship !

As the world’s will start soon in Rio Claro (Brazil), a lot of teams created blogs or Facebook’s pages to follow them during the event, to see their pictures, results, feedbacks, etc. As it is hard to find all of them, I will provide you with all the links I know here =).

Let’s start with all official websites 

frFrench Team 

Nicolas Schwartz and Jean-philippe Odouard will update together this Facebook page and also publish on this blog.

atAustrian Team 

Follow Andres Simoner, Gerald Stürzlinger and Werner Schrank on this blog.

deGerman Team 


chSwiss Team 


plPolish Team 

You can follow the Polish Team on this Facebook’s page.

usUSA Team

BalloonPong’s Facebook page and website will follow the USA Team. You can also have a look at this blog created especially for the event. One of the pilot, Mark Sullivan also has a Facebook page.


Brazilian Team 

This Brazilian blog has a special page to follow the world’s and more, especially about the Brazilian pilots.

ruRussian Team 

You can follow Sergey Latypov on this Facebook Page. All news about others Russian pilots will be posted on the Russian Federation’s website and Facebook page.

caCanadian Team

The team of Jason Adams will post everything about world’s on this Facebook page.

nlDutch Team

Hawkeye Henk and Henk Broeders will give news on this website.

mxMexico Team

Odin Aragon created this Facebook page to follow him.

jpJapanese Team

Satoshi Ueda will update one this Facebook’s page.

itItalian Team

This is the Facebook’s page of Guido Montemurro for the World’s.

Of course let me know if your blog or website is not here !

Championnat du Monde 2016 / 2016 Worlds Championship

Cette semaine  a eu lieu la réunion de la CIA, durant laquelle a été voté la candidature retenue pour accueillir les championnats du monde de 2016. Deux dossiers de candidature avaient été pré-sélectionnés pour cet évènement: celui de Saga au Japon et celui  d’Albuquerque au Nouveau-Mexique (USA). Le choix fut difficile tant ces deux villes ont l’expérience de l’organisation de championnats mondiaux. Une des principale différences entre ces deux propositions était la présence d’observateurs pour le Japon, et l’absence de ceux ci remplacés par des loggers FAI pour Albuquerque. Finalement c’est donc le Japon qui a été retenu pour organiser les Championnats du Monde 2016 dans la ville de Saga du 28 Octobre au 7 Novembre. Voici les vidéos de présentations des deux villes candidates.

A CIA plenary meeting has been held this week in Lausanne. National delegates met in order to vote for the city which will host the next  Hot Air Balloon World Championship in 2016. Two candidate cities had been preselected to host this international event: Saga in Japan and Albuquerque in New-Mexico (USA). The choice was difficult as both of these cities have relevant experience in the organisation of international championships. One key difference between these two bids was the presence of observers in Japan, while Albuquerque intended to use FAI loggers only. Finally, Japan has been selected to host the 2016 HAB World Championship. The event will be held in Saga, from Oct, 28th to Nov 7th. Here are the videos of the two candidate cities.