By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
Aerosport’s Chris Teague goes into Saturday’s final round of competition in 25th place overall… and hoping to rise like a warm updraught.
In the aerosport world this is very much not the norm and normally one of the three disciplines would be wrapped up before moving onto the next.
But this competition has been stretched out over three days and competitors can never get into the zone and concentrate on one discipline.
Teague’s manager and wife, Julie summed up the Pretoria participant’s second day: “His first speed round was into wind ÔÇô unlike 20 of the competitors who did their first round on Thursday and so had a great advantage.
“But of the 12 people who did their first round of speed today he did really well and placed 18th for the first speed round.
“In the second speed round he placed ninth. Because of his “out of course” zero in accuracy first thing this morning he’s in 25th place overall right now.”
Julie also pointed out that the fact that he’s only recently taken ownership of a new competition canopy has also got be factored in.
“He’s really feeling the effects of moving on to a brand new wing three months ago. The professionals all agree it took them at least 200 jumps to feel proficient on the new design.
“But after some confidence boosting rounds this afternoon he’s feeling really excited about the last day of competition tomorrow.”