Riccardo Leccese drives kite to gold at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne

December 14, 2014 | Kiteboarding
Riccardo Leccese: a dominating performace at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne | Photo: ISAF/Jeff Crow

Riccardo Leccese and Ariane Imbert the claimed gold medals in the kiteboarding division at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne, in Australia.

Kiteboarding was added to the Sailing World Cup after the ISAF Council approved their inclusion at the 2013 ISAF Annual Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The Abu Dhabi Final last month was the first time kiteboarding was added to the program.

In Melbourne, the Men's and Women's kiteboarding fleet put on a spectacular exhibition at the Sandringham Yacht Club, under sunny skies and 20-knot winds.

The top four in the Men's 22-board fleet went through to the medal race. The fleet just couldn't break Riccardo Leccese's title hold, and the Italian took his tenth consecutive race win of the series and the gold medal. Florian Gruber finished runner-up and Ivan Doronin kept third.

The Women's fleet was dominated by Ariane Imbert. The second place went to Australia's Lisa Hickman, who was determined to compete, despite having missed the rest of the series nursing a tendon strain. Third overall went to fellow Aussie Gina Hewson.

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