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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015   
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The Formula-Kiteboarder European Championship ended yesterday with four final races. Elena Kalinina RUS winning 17 of the 20 runs in the women, and Oliver Bridge GBR with 18 race wins in the men were the outstanding dominators of this event. Florian Gruber GER advanced on the 2nd place on the last day, and Alejandro Hernandez ESP earned Bronze.
The results and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, June 27, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015   
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A fresher breeze filled in for the first time at the RS:X Europeans on Sicily, both genders sailed four races each and the rougher conditions caused a number of position changes.
Pawel Tarnowski POL took the overall lead in the RS:X men 2 points ahead of Dorian van Rijsselberge NED, With an 8 points deficit on rank 3, Louis Giard FRA too has still chances for the title. Ignacio Berenguer MEX is 46th, Pedro Pascual USA 49th and Zach Plavsic CAN 53rd.The ranking list.
Only 7 points apart are the first five in the RS:X female windsurfers. Malgorzata Bialecka POL remains on top, but Bryony Shaw GBR is only one point behind. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL is new on rank 3 on the RS:X female windsurfer rankings. Marion Lepert USA is 21st.
All other ranking lists and the event website with reports and videos.
Saturday, June 27, 2015   
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Light winds prevailed up-to-now during the Qualification Series at the Formula-Kite-Boarding European Championship in the Turkey.
Winning 11 of the 12 runs, Elena Kalinina RUS is clearly on top in the women's, while in the men's, Oliver Bridge GBR has been winning all 12 heats.
The ranking lists and the daily report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015   (Image © Salvatore Lopez)
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Yesterday, it was again the men's fleet turn at the RS:X Europeans in Mondello ITA, but the wind situation was critical and the Gold- and Silverfleets sailed only one race each.
Winning this race, Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI moved up on rank 3 of the Open-rankings behind Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED and Wonwoo Cho KOR. In the European Championship ranking, the young Swiss, grown-up on the Canaries, is even 2nd, but the chasers Louis Giard FRA and Toni Wilhelm GER are closely behind. Pedro Pascual USA is 43rd, Ignacio Berenguer MEX 47th and Zach Plavsic CAN 52nd.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, June 25, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015   (Image © Salvatore Lopez)
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Apparently, only the women sailed yesterday at the RS:X Europeans on Sicily completing three races. Malgorzata Bialecka POL defended her first place ahead of Bryony Shaw GBR and Charline Picon FRA (yesterday 1/1/bfd) with the same numbe of points. Here the ranking list. Marion Lepert USA as best of 3 American female windsurfers is on the 22nd place.
Dorian van Rijsselberge NED and Wonwoo Cho KOR are jointly on rank 1 after 4 races. Pedro Pascual USA is 40th, Ignazio Berenguer MEX 44th and Zach Plavsic CAN 52th. The RS:X me rankings and all other classifications.
The event website contains a video from day 2.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015   (Image © Salvatore Lopez)
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The European Championship of the Olympic RS:X windsurfers continued yesterday in a moderate breeze with three men's and two women's races.
The Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberge NED has taken the overall lead with the day ranks 1/1/2 in the RS:X men, Pavel Tarnowski POL and Louis Giard FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. Pedro Pascual USA is 40th, Ignacio Berenguer MEX 44th and Zach Plavsic CAN 52nd.
Shared lead in the RS:X women with Malgorzata Bialecka POL and Haddar Heller ISR on top, both with the ranks 1 and 2. Bryony Shaw GBR follows on rank 3. Farrah Hill USA is 19th.
All results, including Youth and Open rankings. Wonwoo Cho KOR is first in the Open classification together with Rijsselberge NED.
The video of day one and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015   (Image © Salvatore Lopez)
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Light winds prevailed yesterday on the first day of the Olympic RS:X Windsurfing European Championship at Mondello ITA / Sicily.
The 100 men windsurfers from 34 nations and 5 continents, split in two groups, sailed one race per group. Piotr Myszka POL and Wonwoo Cho KOR were the winners, Eliott Carney GBR and Byron Kokkalanis GRE finished 2nd. Toni Wilhelm GER and Pawel Tarnowski POL followed on rank 3. Zach Plavsic CAN is on the 29th place, Pedro Pascual USA is 67th. The women windsurfers did not yet compete.
The results and the event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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A number of changes happened on top of the ISAF World Rankings after the Weymouth Worldcup event.
New numbers one are:
- Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS 470 men
- Ivan Klijakovic CRO Finn
- Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS Nacra 17
- John Pink/Stuart Bithell GBR 49er
- Evi Van Acker BEL Laser Radial.
The best-ranked North Americans by class are:
- 470 men: Stu McNay/Hughes USA 7th
- 470 women: Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA 5th
- 49er: Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA 25th
- 49erFX: Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN 23rd
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 5th
- Laser Radial: Isabella Bertold CAN 8th
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 6th
- Nacra 17: Luke Ramsay/NiKola Girke CAN 16th
- RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 48th
- RS:X women:Demita Vega de Lille Mex 23rd
All rankings.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, June 15, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015   (Image © OnEdition)
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The ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup 2015 in Weymouth GBR was concluded yesterday with the Medal Races sailed inside the harbour in light winds, with surprising results in some classes.
Stuart McNay/Dave Hughes USA succeeded to confirm their all-week top performance winning the Medal Race of the 470 men as well, and this in front of the long-time 470 dominators and Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS. Mantis/Kagialis GRE remained on rank 3. As at the Olympics three years ago, Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Sakia Clark GBR had a close duel for victory in the 470 women. This time the English had the upper hand and replaced the NewZealander on top of the rankings. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol SLO finished 3rd at a small margin. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA, winners of the Medal Race, remained on rank 6 overrall.
Leader change also in the 49erFX where Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA won the Medal Race and the overall classification, as Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL failed in the last race and had to content themselves with rank 2 overall. Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP followed on rank 3. Down in the rankings after two heats on day one, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL came back full throttle during the rest of the competition and won in the 49ers with a 20 points' advantage on Marcus Hansen/Josh Porebski NZL. John Pink/Stuart Bithell GBR, winners of the Medal Race, moved up on rank 3.
Giles Scott GBR - who else - finished on top of the Finns, but this time, Josh Junior NZL succeeded to follow the English's pace until the end. Andrew Murdoch NZL completed the podium. New in the Olympic circuit this year, Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS celebrated their first important international regatta victory in the Nacra 17. Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI defended rank 2, as the aggressively attacking Zajac/Frank AUT lost a medal with a premature start and had to let the solidly sailing Darren Bundock/Nina Curtis AUS pass on rank 3.
Dramatic finish for Isobel Hamilton GBR loosing the nerves in view of her first big victory in the RS:X women windsurfers, as she sailed the wrong course at the end of the Medal Race, was disqualified and found herself on rank 4 instead of the Gold Medal stand of the podium. Flavia Tartaglini ITA inherited rank 1, Byrony Shaw GBR took Silver and Tuuli Petäjä-Sirén Bronze. In the RS:X men windsurfers, Nick Dempsey GBR remained on top ahead of Tom Squires GBR. Wonwoo Cho KOR winning the Medal Race earned Bronze.
Laser summary in separate news text below.
All ranking lists, the US Sailing Team Report, the official daily report and the video of the Medal Races.
Monday, June 15, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Two Eliminations have been sailed in moderate winds yesterday after three windless days, the first won by Matteo Iachina ITA, and finishing the second onr rank 4, granting him the overall victory ahead of Ross Williams GBR and Antoine Albeau FRA. All other details on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015   (Image © Robert Deaves)
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Intensive racing in a 14-17 kn breeze yesterday during the conclusion of the Opening Series with 3 to 4 races for each class. The 10 best by class will sail the Medal Races today.

Three USA Medal Race qualifications (McNay/Hughes, Haeger/Provancha, Buckingham) and a USA as well as two CAN 'near-miss' results (Bolger/Shevitz, Rafuse/Boyd, Ramsay/Girke).
The overview on NorAm results:
- 470 men: 1st Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA
- 470 women: 6th Anne Haeger/Briona Provancha USA , 11th Sydney Bolger/Carly Shevitz USA
- 49er: 21st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA, 32nd Fred Strammer/Michael Kuschner USA, 38th David Liebenberg/Daniel Morris USA
- 49erFX: 11th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 17th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA, 18th Emily Dellenbaugh/Elizabeth Barry USA, 20th Deborah Capozzi/Maggie Shea USA
- Finn 13th Caleb Paine USA
- Nacra 17: 12th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 20th Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes Ortega PUR, 21st Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA, 23rd Mark Mendelblatt/Carolina Borges-Mendelblatt USA
- Laser Standard: 5th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Chris Barnard USA
- Laser Radial: 18th Paige Railey USA, 21st Isabella-Anna Bertold CAN, 22nd Brenda Bowskill CAN
The US Sailing Report and the Sail Canada website.

Here a summary on all classes.
In the 470 men, the duel between Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA and Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS 7 points behind will be decisive. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO - best of yesterday - follows on rank 3. Suspense in the 470 women, where the difference between the Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR is only 2 points. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol SLO stay on rank 3.
5 points is the advance of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL on Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA in the 49ersFX. The day's best Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP moved up on rank 3. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL will remain undefeated in the 49ers, as their 16 points' lead on their team mates Hansen/Porebski NZL should be sufficient for victory today. Bergström/Vasternas SWE follow on the 3rd place. The Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS on rank 6 are out of any medal chances.
Giles Scott GBR is on a good way to continue his winning streak in the Finns. The last remaining opponent is Josh Junior NZL 6 points behind. Andrew Murdoch NZL follows on the 3rd position. An exciting Medal Race will be ahead in the Nacra 17 with 6 teams with chances for a medal. Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS have a solid 7 points' lead on Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI, who are 5 points in front of the 3rd Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT.
The Olympic Champion Nick Dempsey GBR seem now in control of the RS:X men windsurfers, while in the RS:X women, it is Isabel Hamilton GBR in the lead 2 points ahead of Flavia Tartaglini ITA.
All ranking lists, the report of the day and the video of the day.
The Medal Races start today at 11.10 UTC with the Nacra 17 as first class. The races can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, June 14, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Admittedly the sun was out yesterday at the Costa Brava, but the seabreeze remained to light for additional runs with just 10 kn. All hopes are for today, as up to now, only one heat has been completed with Arnon Dagan ISR as winner.
More on the PWA website.
Sunday, June 14, 2015   
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The Venezuela Kiteboarding Worldcup ended yesterday with the 'Big Air' competition. Despite of light winds, the specialists produced some fabulous jumps. Marc Jacobs NZL was the winner in the men's category, Gisela Pulido ESP was the best woman.
The report and the event facebook page.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, June 13, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015   
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Light and circling winds disturbed the program of the Weymouth Worldcup event, and only the RS:X windsurfers and 470 men succeeded to complete at least one race.
Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA sailed their discard result (rank 17 only), but nevertheless, they remained on top of the 470 men. Thanks to a 2nd race rank, Paul Snow-Hansen/Daniel Wilcox NZL advanced on rank 2. Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS follow on the 3rd place.
Leader change in the RS:X windsurfers, where the Olympic Champion Nick Dempsey GBR moved on top overall with a race win. Tom Squires GBR is now 2nd. Mattia Camboni ITA remains 3rd.
All results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Saturday, June 13, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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A grey sky and rain instead of the seabreeze inhibited racing at the Costa Brava PWA Men Slalom Worldcup event yesterday. The wind forecast for today and tomorrow looks favorable to resume racing. Up to now, a complete heat and the first qualifiers for the second heat have been completed. Arnon Dagan ISR was the winner of heat one, but he is already out of the second because of a premature start.
All other details on the PWA-Website.
Saturday, June 13, 2015   
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Yesterday, the Kiteboarding Freestyle event ended with a last round. Winner in the men's event is Liam Whealy ESP ahead of Youri Zoon NED and Aaron Hadlow GBR. In the women, Karolina Winkowska POL is on top in front of Bruna Kajyia BRA and Gisela Pulido ESP.
Today and tomorrow, the Big Air Worldcup is on the program. To achieve the highest and longest jumps is the objective of this event.
Check out the event facebook page for more information, and link on the Youtube for the video of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, June 12, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015   (Image © OnEdition)
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Admittedly, the announced 30 kn breeze was not there, but the roughly present 18 kn wind was still quite challenging for the teams.

Brilliant first McNay/Hughes, other North Americans on the way up. Here the overview on NorAm athletes:
- 470 men: 1st Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA
- 470 women: 9th Sydney Bolger/Carly Shevitz USA, 7th Anne Haeger/Briona Provancha USA
- 49er: 22nd Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA, 36th Fred Strammer/Michael Kuschner USA, 38th David Liebenberg/Daniel Morris USA
- 49erFX: 8th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 20th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA, 17th Emily Dellenbaugh/Elizabeth Barry USA, 25th Deborah Capozzi/Maggie Shea USA
- Finn 16th Caleb Paine USA
- Nacra 17: 17th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 19th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA, 18th Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes Ortega PUR, 23rd Mark Mendelblatt/Carolina Borges-Mendelblatt USA
- Laser Standard: 4th Charlie Buckingham USA, 27th Chris Barnard USA
- Laser Radial: 17th Paige Railey USA, 21st Brenda Bowskill CAN, 22nd Isabella-Anna Bertold CAN
The US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

A brief summary event by event:
Finishing again 1 and 2, Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA confirmed their top form in the 470 men and only the new 2nd overall, the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS with the ranks 2 and 1 as well, were able to keep their pace. Snow-Hansen/Wilcox NZL follow on the 3rd place. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL stay on top of the 470 women, but Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR, winning a race, reduced the backlog on 1 points. Mrac/Macarol SLO on the 3rd position continue to sail at top level.
Leader change in the 49erswhere Victor Bergström/Vicor Vasternas SWE took the first place winning both races of the day. Hansen/Porebski NZL are 2nd overall and Burling/Tuke NZL 3rd are clearly on the way up. The opposite is true for the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS with a bad day descending on the 15th place. In the 49ersFX, the favorites are now on the top places with Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL 1st ahead of Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA 2nd and Maiken Foght/Anne-Marie Schütt DEN 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is back on top of the Finns with the day ranks 1 and 2. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Josh Junior NZL are the first persuers. Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS continuously finished the races in the top ranks and moved up on rank 1 of the Nacra 17. Matias Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI remain 2nd, Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT are now down on rank 3.
The Brits dominate the small RS:X windsurfer fleets. Tom Squires GBR leads in the RS:X men ahead of Nick Dempsey GBR, and in the RS:X women, Isobel Hamilton GBR is still in front of Byrony Shaw GBR.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the video of the day.
Friday, June 12, 2015   (Image © PWA Carter)
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Overcast sky and therefore no seabreeze yesterday, and racing was cancelled for the day. Winner of the first heat was Arnon Dagan ISR, but he has already been eliminated in the first qualifier for heat 2 because of a premature start.
All other information on the PWA website.
Friday, June 12, 2015   
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Yesterday, it was again the men's turn at the Freestyle Venezuela Worldcup to resume racing. After the eliminations sailed in a 18-22 kn wind, the Quarter Finalists had been selected by the end of the day. Surprisingly, the World Champion Christophe Tack BEL has been eliminated.
The report with results and the video of day one.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, June 11, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015   (Image © Australian Sailing Team / Beau Outteridge)
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Ranging from 10-15 knots, the breeze coupled with sunshine, resulted in some exceptional racing for the first races of the 4th ISAF Worldcup event on the 2012 Olympic waters. Racing commenced at 11:00 local time and wrapped up early evening with the ten Olympic, three Paralympic and Kiteboarding events completing their race schedule.

Mixed results for the North American athletes as follows:
- 470 men: 1st Stuart McNay/David Hughes USA
- 470 women: 6th Sydney Bolger/Carly Shevitz USA, 25th Anne Haeger/Briona Provancha USA
- 49er: 23rd Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA, 30th Fred Strammer/Michael Kuschner USA, 39th David Liebenberg/Daniel Morris USA
- 49erFX: 6th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 20th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA, 23rd Emily Dellenbaugh/Elizabeth Barry USA, 25th Deborah Capozzi/Maggie Shea USA
- Finn 17th Caleb Paine USA
- Nacra 17: 15th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 19th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA, 22nd Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes Ortega PUR, 23rd Mark Mendelblatt/Carolina Borges-Mendelblatt USA

Event by event summary
Stuart McNay/Davig Hughes USA are the first leaders in the 470 men. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Molund/Östling SWE follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. The Olympic Champions Jo Aleh/Poly Powrie NZL had a perfect start winning both heats in the 470 women, but Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark GBR kept the contact with two 2nd places. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol SLO are on 3rd.
Przybytek/Kolodzinski POL took the lead in the 49ers, closely followed by the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. The dominators of the last races, Burling/Tuke NZL, are only 12th after 3 races. Maiken Voght/Anne-Julie Schütt DEN are first in the 49ersFX ahead of Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL and Sarah Steyaert/Aude Compan FRA.
Andrew Murdoch NZL is on top of the Finns. Jonathan Lobert FRA and Giles Scott GBR follow on the ranks 2 and 3. In the Nacra 17, Thomas Zajac/Tanja Frank AUT lead ahead of Matia Bühler/Nathalie Brugger SUI and Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS. The dominators of the class Besson/Riou FRA do not compete.
Small fleets only in the RS:X windsurfers: Nick Dempsey GBR and Tom Squires GBR are tied on top of the RS:X men, and also in the RS:X women, GBR athletes are on top with Isobel Hamilton GBR 1st and Byrony Shaw GBR 2nd.
Laser reporting in a separate news text below.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Thursday, June 11, 2015   (Image © Carter / PWA World Tour)
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After the opening day without racing because of the thunderstorm-influenced weather, the sun was back at the Costa Brava and the seabreeze filled in on time, to allow to complete the first Elimination in the afternoon. Arnon Dagan ISR won the final ahead of Matteo Iachiino ITA and Antoine Albeau FRA. All other details including the video of the day on the PWA website.
Thursday, June 11, 2015   (Image © PKRA World Tour)
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The women kiteboarders sailed their program on the second day of the Freestyle World Championship Venezuela round. Bruna Kajiya BRA and Karolina Winkowska POL will meet for the final today. The report and the event facebook page.
 
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