The "Paratec Factory Team" won two trophies: (from left) Jörg Gramberg (Schongau), Nils Kammer (Saarlouis), Gerhard Wagner (Schongau), Gerd Brandecker (Grünwald) and Jürgen Barth (Peiting) were delighted with a successful performance. © private
At the first World Cup in Rijeka, the local athletes took podium places. Veteran Gerhard Wagner even shone as the second-best German.
Rijeka – At the first World Cup of the season in target jumping, the local parachute athletes achieved several top results. Not only the current members of the Bundeswehr sports promotion group presented themselves in strong form, but also some alumni who are now competing for a factory team.
The conditions over the Grobnik airfield near the Croatian city of Rijeka were absolutely challenging. The "Bora", the local wind, caused gusts and so-called thermal detachments. In the end, only four of eight planned rounds could be completed.
Since this year, the competitions have been known as the "Skydive World Cup Series" (SWCS). So far, all jumping competitions have taken place exclusively in Europe. Dubai (United Arab Emirates) will now be added as the venue – the season finale will take place there in November.
"Paratec Factory Team" convinces with 13th place
It is not only the decades of experience that Gerhard "Conan" Wagner benefits from. If the conditions are borderline, "then I'm not very susceptible to thoughts of fear," says the Schongauer. Wagner knows what he can do – and then puts it into practice. In Croatia, he had ample opportunity to prove his nerves. According to the Schongauer, the wind conditions were "very turbulent, sometimes almost unpredictable". He himself was so gripped by the wind during a landing that the competition management then allowed him to jump again. After four laps, he had a deviation of only four centimeters (2/1/1/0).
Landing at the measuring point: The photo shows Gerhard Wagner from the "Paratec Factory Team". After four laps, he had a deviation of only four centimetres. © Private
As a result, Wagner took seventh place in the open classification among 122 participants from 17 nations. "Of course, I'm particularly pleased to be so far ahead among all the pros in these difficult conditions," said the veteran. With his result, he even created a norm to be nominated for the World Cup. "But I don't have any ambitions. That's where the boys should go." In the master class of over-50 athletes, Wagner took second place, tied on points with Italy's Giuseppe Tresoldi. Of the German starters in the overall field, only Staff Sergeant Stefan Wiesner from the Bundeswehr's sports promotion group was better: The multiple world champion finished third with a deviation of two centimeters.
Nils kammer in second place in junior classification
Within the "Paratec Factory Team", Wagner was the best. The team includes other former jumpers from the sports promotion group. One of them is Nils Kammer, who also achieved a strong result with a deviation of eight centimetres (1/5/1/1). In the junior classification, he finished second behind the Czech Oldrich Zbiral, who was tied on points. This was ahead by a zero rating.
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In the team ranking, the "Paratec" jumpers took a remarkable 13th place out of 28 teams. "That was relatively good. We are satisfied," says Wagner. In addition to him and Kammer, Jörg Gramberg (7/28th place), Jürgen Barth (18/90th place) and Gerd Brandecker (34/116th place), who also acts as a sponsor of the team, belonged.
In less than two weeks, the team will travel to Blokhus (Denmark) for an international competition that will land near the beach. In the World Cup, Gerhard Wagner will no longer be used as an athlete, but as a referee. In Bled (Slovenia) he holds an official role, in the jumping in Klatovy (german: Klattau) he is even chief referee. The World Cup in the Czech Republic is the successor to the competition that Wagner organized in Herzogsägmühle until a few years ago.
Sports support group wins two gold trophies
Two gold medals and two bronze medals, that was the conclusion of the Bundeswehr sports promotion group from Altenstadt in Rijeka. The coach was extremely satisfied with this: "The training so far and the commitment of the athletes have paid off with excellent performances," Sergeant Elischa Weber was quoted as saying in a statement. The difficult wind conditions and the resulting long waiting phases posed a particular challenge. For the most part, the Bundeswehr jumpers solved the task very well.
On a par: Staff Sergeant Stefan Wiesner (right), like Roman Karun (centre) and Peter Balta, was only two centimetres apart in third place overall. Sports Promotion Group BW © Sports Promotion Group Bundeswehr
In the team classification, the first team with Staff Sergeant Stefan Wiesner, Major Sergeants Kai Erthel and Christian Kautzmann as well as Sergeants Tatjana Gustke and Robin Griesheimer took the victory. With a deviation of 26 centimeters, the quintet was quite clearly ahead. The other podium places went to the Czech military teams II (32) and I (35th). A total of 28 teams were classified.
Stefan Wiesner with a deviation of only two centimetres
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In the individual classifications, the Altenstadter cleared further trophies. In the men's race, Wiesner shone in third place overall. After four laps, he had only two centimetres of deviation (1/1/0/0) on his account. The Slovenians Roman Karun and Peter Balta came to the same result; however, both had each achieved a zero rating more than Wiesner. Second best from the sports promotion group was Robin Griesheimer (5), who, together with six other athletes, finished in tenth place.
Tatjana Gustke continued her series of strong performances. After two victories in the Germany Cup, she was now also the best woman in the World Cup. With a deviation of only five centimeters (1/4/0/0), she left the Austrian Julia Schosser (7) from HSV Red Bull Salzburg and the Swiss Mirjam Lutz (9) behind. In the junior classification, staff sergeant Mathias Demmler (9) secured the bronze trophy.
Raise the trophies: Sergeant Tatjana Gustke (center) won – with a deviation of five centimeters – ahead of Julia Schosser (left) and Mirjam Lutz. Bundeswehr © Sports Promotion Group Bundeswehr Sports Promotion Group
The results in Rijeka
Team classification: 1. Sportfördergruppe Bundeswehr I (Robin Griesheimer, Christian Kautzmann, Kai Erthel, Stefan Wiesner, Tatjana Gustke) 26, 2. Czech Military Team II 32, 3. Czech Military Team I 35, ... 13. Paratec Factory Team (Gerd Brandecker, Nils Kammer, Jörg Gramberg, Jürgen Barth, Gerhard Wagner) 71, 21. Sportfördergruppe Bundeswehr II (Aaron Dulisch, Samuel Wallrath, Elias Kammer, Zoe Stoll, Mathias Demmler) 93.
Women: 1. Tatjana Gustke (GER/BW-Sportfördergruppe) 5 centimetres, 2. Julia Schosser (AUT) 7, 3. Mirjam Lutz (SUI) 9, ... 14. Zoe Stoll (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 32.
Juniors: 1. Oldrich Zbiral (CZE) 8, 2. Nils Kammer (GER/Paratec Factory) 8, 3. Mathias Demmler (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 9, ... 6. Samuel Wallrath (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 12, 7. Elias Kammer (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 13, 11. Aaron Dulisch (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 27, 12. Zoe Stoll (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 32.
Winner in the team competition: The sports promotion group of the German Armed Forces was ahead of all others in Rijeka. Second and third place went to Czech military teams. © Bundeswehr Sports Promotion Group
Men: 1. Roman Karun (SLO) 2, 2. Peter Balta (SLO) 2, 3. Stefan Wiesner (GER/BW-Sportfördergruppe) 2, ... 7. Gerhard Wagner (GER/Paratec Factory) 4, 10. Robin Griesheimer (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 5, 28. Marco Pflüger (GER) 7, 28. Jörg Gramberg (GER/Paratec Factory) 7, 28. Christian Kautzmann (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 7, 28. Kai Erthel (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 7, 41. Nils Kammer (GER/Paratec Factory) 8, 52. Mathias Demmler (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 9, 64. Samuel Wallrath (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 12, 64. Reinhold Haibel (GER) 12, 73. Elias Kammer (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 13, 90. Jürgen Barth (GER/Paratec Factory) 18, 107. Aaron Dulisch (GER/BW Sports Promotion Group) 27, 116. Gerd Brandecker (GER/Paratec Factory) 34.
Master's Ranking: 1. Roman Karun (SLO) 2, 2. Gerhard Wagner (GER/Paratec Factory) 4, 3. Giuseppe Tresoldi (ITA) 4, ... 12. Marco Pflüger (GER) 7, 12. Jörg Gramberg (GER/Paratec Factory) 7, 28. Reinhold Haibel (GER) 12, 42. Jürgen Barth (GER/Paratec Factory) 18, 55. Gerd Brandecker (GER/Paratec Factory) 34.