Wasserkuppe/Bulgaria (28.10.2023). The German paraglider pilot Linus Schubert from Poppenhausen (Wasserkuppe) managed to prevail against 129 out of 130 pilots at the ten-day 12th FAI Paragliding World Championships in Sopot (Bulgaria) from 19 to 29 October 2023 and become Vice World Champion.
The 15-year-old young talent had only qualified to take part in international competitions this season.
As expected, first place in the precision flying discipline (“Accuracy”) went to Yang Chen from China, who had also won the last competition on the Wasserkuppe. Third place went to the Indonesian Aris Afriansyah.
Vice World Cup winner Andreas Schubert took sixth place this time, while German champion Lennard Schubert just missed out on the top ten in 12th place.
The team, supported by Anna-Lena Trabert from Poppenhausen, also narrowly missed out on the podium with a 4th place out of a total of 31 participating teams. The team from Indonesia was able to claim victory here.
The women’s competition was won by the pilots from Thailand and South Korea.
Linus and Lennard Schubert took first and third place in the junior classification. The brothers were the only European pilots to finish on the podium.
This year’s competition season has now come to an end with the World Championships in Bulgaria. Linus can now carry his title for two years until the next World Championships.
The Schubert brothers owe their success to the excellent training facilities at the Wasserkuppe flying hill, where they are also based. Through hard work and commitment, they have managed to maintain their excellent positions in the world rankings this year.
Many of the pilots who took part in the World Championships in Bulgaria also competed in the World Cup final on the Wasserkuppe a few weeks ago. The Wasserkuppe will once again host the European World Cup next September.
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