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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rain Makes for Wild Ride in Moscow




Even the unpredictable Moscow weather couldn't spoil the fun and excitement in the Winston-Moscow Open 98 water ski competition, part of the World Cup circuit, but it did give plenty of headaches to the organizers.


For the couple hundred spectators who braved the rain to watch the world's best skiers at the Strogino water meadows over the weekend the event was certainly no disappointment.


Britain's Glenn Campbell, competing in his first full World Cup tour this season, claimed the men's slalom, beating the strong field of skiers, including countryman and current world record holder in this event Andy Mapple.


The 21-year-old from Lincolnshire needed two reruns to finally prevail over fellow Briton Jodi Fisher after both posted the same result in the eight-men final.


Canada's Susi Graham, World Cup tour winner last year, edged out four-time world champion Helena Kjellander of Sweden and American Kristi Overton-Johnson for the women's title.


"With a lot of rain, the water was bumpy and was moving in and out," said a smiling Kjellander, who despite the loss wasn't too disappointed. "Otherwise it was fun, especially on Friday when we had practice runs."


Canadian Jaret Llewellyn was the only man going more than 60 meters in the ski jumping competition, beating American Freddy Krueger and John Levingston of Australia with a 61.1-meter jump.


Russia's over-all world champion Yelena Milakova made sure the hosts also wouldn't be left without the top honors as she won the tricks competition, which lasted well into the night Sunday.