Manu Schütz has scooted away on a disrupted final day to claim his fourth World Championship, equalling Fridolin Frost’s record. He came fourth in both MTA and Accuracy to comfortably beat Fridolin and Richard Bower.
In what must have seemed a good idea at the time, the decision for the final event of Trick Catch to be thrown in reverse ranking order appears to have ended in farce after the best four throwers could not throw due to the wind becoming crazy strong. The event was therefore not ranked for any thrower (when it was cancelled, American Adam Stankiewicz led on 86 points).
News of the day for me though was the sensational work by Aussie veteran Roger Perry (WA), who placed 10th in MTA (40.91 seconds) and 13th in his not-always-beloved Accuracy (70 points) to rocket up from 21st to his final placing of 13th overall. Fellow Aussie veteran Rob Croll (VIC) held onto 25th; the two of them were clearly the best veterans in the competition.
Grant Perry (VIC) stayed stuck at his overnight 30th place, while Simon Bollen (SA) took 41st in his debut World Cup. Nick Pritchard (WA), also in his debut World Cup but much less experienced, claimed 53rd, beating 14 other throwers from around the world.
The two event winners today were Junji Maiya of Japan, who had his MTA in the air 20 seconds longer than anyone else, with his time of 72.67 seconds. Two other Japanese throwers, Masaya Hamaguchi and Kagemitsu Fukazawa, made it a clean sweep of the places for MTA. Another Japanese thrower, Yuko Kondo, also placed eleventh overall — I believe this is the highest ranking for a female thrower in World Cup history.
Overall third-place winner, Richard Bower of the USA, won Accuracy with a score of 86. Second and third places went to two Italians in Alessandro Benedetti and Andrea Sgattoni, both with 78 points.