Claudia Leon (ESP) / Bruna Kajiya (BRA) / Nathalie Labrecht / Mikaili Sol (USA)
By the time the women’s final got underway, the Qatari crowds were ready to get their first taste of a world class Freestyle final. Claudia Leon, Bruna Kajiya, Nathalie Lambrecht and Mika Sol rocked a great show.
In an emotional twist, 3x world champion, Bruna Kajiya, returned to the top step of an event podium for the first time in two seasons. She put on a truly gritty performance on an eight metre in windy conditions and had a close battle with reigning champion, Mika Sol.
Bruna had opened up with an impressive hat-trick of moves; evidence of how this most experienced of competitors is maintaining such an awesome competitive drive. A textbook back mobe was followed by a backside 313 and a clean slim chance to give her the early advantage.
Mika herself had opened up the heat with a massive slim 5 which would be the highest scoring trick of the final, earning 8.07 points. She then suffered later on by taking three attempts to finally nail a hinterberger 5.
A huge heart attack on trick five had extended Bruna’s advantage but Mika’s eventual hinterberger was supported by the early slim 5 and a solid 315.
By then the top two positions had become a battle between these two as Nathalie Lambrecht’s early pressure started to fall away after the halfway mark. Claudia Leon also looked uneasy in the stronger conditions than any of these riders had ridden in for some time.
Mika was the last rider to throw a move in the final and still had the chance to win, opting to try and secure the maximum variety score with a toeside take-off. As she rotated around the final stage of a crow mobe she missed the pass on landing, proving once again that critical moments will crown or crush you in freestyle.