Paula Novotna (CZE) and Nia Suardiaz (ESP) had been neck and neck all event long and Sunday threw up yet another close race between these two leading female wing racers.
Paula had a slight advantage from the start and held the lead, though Nia did her best to creep up. Nia unfortunately crashed at the 4th mark and Kylie Bellouevre stepped up and moved into second position. Paula managed to distance herself well ahead of the fleet, where there was no chance of catching her. She was delighted to win this tenth elimination, which also meant it gave her the overall lead above Nia. Kylie kept a great pace and finished in 2nd, with Nia in 3rd.
Paula Novotna was on a clear mission from the very start of elimination 11, as she stormed her way through the racecourse blowing away the competition. Nia Suardiaz unfortunately went down at the second mark and this left her with no hope of catching up to Novotna. It was another win for Novotna, 2nd for Suardiaz and 3rd for Belloeuvre.
Paula Novotna was again first through the start. Nia tried her hardest to catch up, pushing at every mark. In the final seconds her golden opportunity finally arrived and she managed to push her way ahead of Paula, and take her first win of the day.
Paula had to settle for 2nd place on this occasion. Kylie once again took 3rd after riding consistently well.
Kylie Belleouvre rode an amazing final race of the day and was in first position for most of the race, until Nia Suardiaz found the opportunity to advance ahead of her and take the win. Kylie took a well-deserved second place, followed by Paula Novotna who unfortunately crashed but did her very best to complete the race in a good position.
We have seen some exceptional riding from the women this week, and the ongoing battle between Nia and Paula added a whole new dimension to it all.
“I’m so happy to win here in Greece,” said Nia. “I really hope to be able to come back here again to compete next year.”