Model glider pi­lots com­pete

Cyprus Today - - SPORT - By KEREM HASAN

FORTY in­ter­na­tional model glider pi­lots from 10 coun­tries com­peted for the Mustafa Ve­hbi Koç F3J and F5J Geçitkale Cup 2018 or­gan­ised by the TRNC Air Sports Fed­er­a­tion over the week­end.

The glider event took off last Thurs­day night with a glitzy open­ing cer­e­mony and ban­quet in cen­tral Le­fkoşa fol­lowed by a con­cert fea­tur­ing TV singing star Lüt­fiye Özipek.

The F3J team win­ners were the TRNC na­tional squad con­sist­ing of Erel Cankan, Salahi Tezel, Mehmet Ser­den, Mehmet Ko­falı, Mehmet Gökşah and Haluk Akyol.

Run­ners-up in the same cat­e­gory were a mixed team, with mem­bers from Fin­land, Swe­den and Ja­pan, while third were the Ukrainian na­tional team.

In the solo cat­e­gory F3J Adults, Lu­bos Nem­cek from Slo­vakia came first fol­lowed by Olek­sandr Pe­trenko from Ukraine and Thomas Ross­ner of Ger­many third.

All the top three in the F3J Ju­nior cat­e­gory were Ukrainian, with An­drii Lagodzin­sky first, Ro­man Klye­menko sec­ond and Dmytro Hrhoriev third.

In the F5J Adults cat­e­gory, Rus­sia’s Alek­sandr Volkov was first fol­lowed by Josef Gier­gich from Ger­many, then Tuomo Kokko­nen from Fin­land. The TRNC’s Erel Cankan was fourth. In F3J Ju­nior cat­e­gory, Ukraini­ans Dmytro Hrhoriev and An­drii Lagodzin­skyi were first and sec­ond re­spec­tively, with the TRNC’s Hasan Tezel third. TRNC Air Sports Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Zeki Ziya said: “It was a fan­tas­tic event that saw 40 sports­men take part from 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, de­spite at­tempts by Greek Cypri­ots to get it can­celled.”

Above, win­ners and run­ners-up on the podium

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