Can Lang Begin with Bang?
Marco Lang’s (Fanatic / NorthSails) previous best finish came in 2015 when the Austrian finished 17th overall on the Slalom PWA World Tour. However, the 32-year-old has steadily been making progress.
Lang was unlucky in the opening event of 2017, where he qualified for the Winners’ Final, which would’ve guaranteed a top 8 result at a minimum, however, unfortunately conditions did not allow for the elimination to be completed, which meant no result could be obtained.
So, from a guaranteed top 8 finish he was left with almost nothing and this was further compounded when bad luck left Lang to languish over a disappointing 49th place. So from such a promising start Lang would have to rebuild.
Lang then showed great resilience to bounce back with a top 10 finish in Costa Brava, Spain, before securing consecutive top 16 finishes in Fuerteventura and Denmark.
However, it was in Sylt, Germany, when Lang truly realised the potential and threat that he had showed earlier in the season as he won both races in convincing fashion to win not only his first eliminations on the tour, but also his first ever event.
After winning his maiden event, Lang, then secured an excellent top 4 finish in Noumea, New Caledonia, in the the season finale to break into the overall top 10 - 7th - for the first time in his career and it will be interesting to see how he fares on the Asian leg of the tour this time around, as well as over the rest of the season.
You can track Lang’s progress during both the Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup - 10th-15th May - and the Ulsan PWA World Cup - 19th-24th May - by tuning into www.pwaworldtour.com.