The FISE World Series wrote the last chapter of the season last weekend with its long awaited championship event in Chengdu, where the vast majority of titles were decided in various disciplines.
Roller freestyle attracted most attention at the event, which also included various BMX modalities as well as skateboard - street and scooter. The three podium winners in the women’s category would also end up claiming victory in the general classification, although in different positions. Japan’s Chihiro Azuma won in China ahead of Spain’s Mery Muñoz and France’s Manon Derrien. In the general classification, victory ultimately went to the French rider, despite competition from the Japanese rider in the final races. For her part, Muñoz completed the general classification podium after an admirable campaign.
A valuable second place was enough for Joe Atkinson to score a great victory in the World Series in the men’s category. The Brit came in second in Chengdu behind France’s Diako Diaby, while third place went to Japan’s Yuto Goto. Atkinson accumulated a total of 26,700 points, earning him the title of overall champion ahead of the Netherland’s Sem Croft (22,400) and Switzerland’s Maxime Genoud (16,500).
Tury reigns supreme in skateboard
All eyes in skateboard - street were well and truly on Richard Tury, who won the last race to certify his triumph in the general classification. The Slovak skater left his mark in all the races of the season to beat France’s Joseph Garbaccio and the USA’s Ke’Chaud Johnson at the Chengdu event, there by consolidating his overall win ahead of Japan’s Ikeda Daisuke and Garbaccio.
A genius named 'Kota'
Another genius also led the way in imposing his law in the modality of scooter. Dakota Schuetz won in Chengdu ahead of Japan’s Sogo Sakakibara and Britain’s Jamie Hull. Aged 22, Dakota once again extended his impressive record with a scooter pro twist to consolidate himself as one of the undisputed stars of the discipline.
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