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Japan athlete wins paragliding event

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 9, 2013   /  09:45 am

Yoshiaki Hirokawa of Japan emerged as the overall winner of a recent paragliding international championship in Batu Dua, Sumedang, West Java, a press release said on Monday.

The event lasted from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4 and offered a total of ¤9,000 (US$12,218) in cash prizes.

Swedish paraglider Tobiah Hinas nipped at Hirokawa'€™s heels from the first round onward but had to settle for second place in the open category. Female paraglider from the Czech Republic Petra Slivova came in third.

Indonesia'€™s representative Muhammad Rizki Dhermawan finished in 10th place.

In addition to her strong showing in the open category, Slivova also
took top honors in the female category, relegating Russia'€™s Daria Krasnova and South Africa'€™s Khobi Jane Bowden to second and third place, respectively.

The group event was dominated by Asian teams, with China finishing first, followed by South Korea and Japan.

A total of 65 athletes from 17 countries participated in the event, which also served as a qualifier for the upcoming Paragliding World Cup event in Brazil next January.

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