World Rankings – July 2007 (A New #1)

A ton of movement on the rankings list this month as some big 2005 events (WFDF, FPA Worlds, EFC and Vagolino) fall off the list and the 2007 FPA Worlds are added (plus Vagolino, the Swedish Championships and expanded results from the German Championships).

The big news is that there is a new #1 player on the Open list: Fabio Sanna. Fabio has ruled European competitions for the past few seasons and has competed more often than any other player. With his 1/2 finish at this year’s FPA Worlds in Co-op and Pairs, he finally secures the points to jump to the top spot. Tom Leitner drops to #2, only 30 points back. His points from sweeping the 2005 FPA Worlds dropped off this month, creating the opening for Fabio’s ascent.

The rankings list after any world championships is the most dynamic, and this year is no exception. The freestyle story this year is that Europe is not only an emerging region, it has matured to the point where several European teams contend for any given title. That is reflected in the rankings, where 11 of 20 players hail from Europe.

Some big moves upward and some big drops too. Clay Collera re-enters the top 3, and Matt Gauthier reaches a career-best #4. Pat Marron moves up to #6, Piccio to #7 and Andrea Meola to #8. Matteo Gaddoni and Boguslaw Bul enter the top 20, and Dave Murphy jumps back into the top 40 after some time off.

Lots of points disappeared from the rankings this month with both the 2005 WFDF and 2005 FPA Worlds cycling off. Dave Lewis and Arthur Coddington, 2005 WFDF champions, each take a big hit. Lewis falls out of the top 10 for the first time in a decade, down from 5 to 13. Arthur Coddington, who has taken a break from the worlds the last two years, drops from 10 to 32. Dave Schiller, who swept the 2005 worlds with Tom Leitner, drops from 13 to 24.

We’re also seeing some impact from the 2007 rankings changes, which increased the number of events counted toward the rankings to eight and revamped the scoring tables. Active players are seeing a payoff, and consistent performance at Worlds is creating deep point totals for top players.

It’s rare for the women’s list to see much movement. There aren’t many women’s competitions, and upsets in the women’s events have been rare. Not this time. Eleonora Imazio maintains her #1 position, and her world champion teammate Sylvia Caruso rises to the #2 spot. Bianca Strunz has played strong in both women’s and open events this year. She jumps to #5. And Cristina Nicolardi enters the top 10.

Something tells me the shifts in the women’s rankings are not over. The top US women are still at the top of their game, and new players like Ilka Simon (#14) and Gloria Alessandrini (#18) are rising. Amy Schliler and Cindy Kruger lost some points this month, but they will challenge for titles whenever they enter their next tournament.

2007 WFDF/Masters Results

2007 WFDF/Masters
Ithaca, NY
July 14-15, 2007

Open Final

1. Paul Kenny/Tom Leitner
2. Harvey Brandt/Tom Lasher
3. Jake Gauthier/Larry Imperiale
4. Alan Caplin/Rick Williams
5. Doug Korns/Steve Scannell
6. Tomas Burvall/Bill Wright
7. Tom Cole/Andrew Lemann
8. Paul Brenner/Jon Freedman

Semi A

1. Paul Kenny/Tom Leitner
2. Harvey Brandt/Tom Lasher
3. Tom Cole/Andrew Lemann
4. Alan Caplin/Rick Williams
5. Bob Cooksey/Jack Cooksey
6. Jonas Bengtsson/Dan Roddick
7. Eddie Cohn/Christian Voigt
8. Michael Conger/Jim Palmieri
9. Jeff Palmieri/Kevin Palmieri

Semi B

1. Jake Gauthier/Larry Imperiale
2. Doug Korns/Steve Scannell
3. Tomas Burvall/Bill Wright
4. Paul Brenner/Jon Freedman
5. Daisuke Kuroda/Shori Ouchi
6. Randy Lahm/David Taylor
7. Mark Horn/Paul Thompson
8. Eric Wootten/Hunter Wootten

Women’s Final

1. Lori Daniels/Bethany Sanchez
2. Tita Ugalde/Beth Verish
3. Yukari Komatsu/Yumiko Tauchi
4. Tara Brenner

Women’s Semi A

1. Lori Daniels/Bethany Sanchez
2. Tara Brenner
3. Ann-Charlotte Johansson/Stina Persson
4. Aya Ichikawa/Yuriko Sobue

Women’s Semi B

1. Tita Ugalde/Beth Verish
2. Yukari Komatsu/Yumiko Tauchi
3. Susie Horn/Marygrace Sorrentino
4. Kana Yamamoto

2007 Rototom Results

2007 Rototom
Osoppo (Udine), Italy
July 7-8, 2007


1. Clay Collera’/Claudio Cigna 41.8
2. Fabio Sanna/Emmanuele Faustini 41.6
3. Filippo Cavalca/Matteo Feller 40.9
4. Matteo Gaddoni/Marco Prati 39.7
5. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Caruso 36.3

B Final

1. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Caruso 39.1
2. Paolo Papini/Ale Collera’ 25.3
3. Davide Bacco/Simone Lo Giudice (Scratch)

Semifinal A

1. Matteo Gaddoni/Marco Prati 54.1
2. Filippo Cavalca/Matteo Feller 40.7
3. Davide Bianchi/Paolo Papini/Ale Collera’ 29.2

Semifinal B

1. Clay Collera’/Claudio Cigna 48.9

2. Fabio Sanna/Emmanuele Faustini 48.1
3. Eleonora Imazio/Fabio Caruso 39.1
4. Davide Bacco/Simone Lo Giudice 25.3

2007 Swedish Championships

2007 Swedish Championships
May 26-27, 2007
(Thanks to Joakim Arvesk‰r for the results)

1. Roland Karlsson/Joakim Arvesk‰r
2. Tomas Burvall/Dieter Johansson
3. Bobbo Karlsson/Peter Karlsson
4. Jonas Bengtsson/Mikael Zewgren
5. Martin fransson/Hampus Colbrand