Argentina’s Eugenia De Armas moved within reach of the biggest win of her career in the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships today as the sport’s leading athletes set the stage for an enthralling grand finale in Abu Dhabi.
With De Armas landing the top score to progress from the Open Women’s semi-finals, the biggest surprise was the failure of Australian leading qualifier Zahra Kell to reach the Saturday afternoon final after falling twice in her heat.
De Armas said:
Making it to the final here is for me the biggest thing I’ve ever done.
I’m so excited and happy about it.
The best way for me to win will be to go and do the things I know, and have fun.
I’m going to risk it a little more tomorrow at the end of the second pass.
Meijer, winner at the recent ANOC Worlds Beach Games, declared at the start of the week that she would need a miracle to secure another gold medal in Abu Dhabi:
I really expected Zahra (Kell) to be in the final and somehow she didn’t make it, so doors are opening.
For the final, I want to change some stuff, but I’m not sure if I’m confident enough.
All the girls are really good and we’re very close to each to each other.
It just depends on who survives.
Tony Lewis, is a former British print and BBC broadcast journalist with more than 40 years’ media and PR experience.