Russian hang glider pilot Sasha Serebrennikova was awarded the Sabiha Gökçen Medal for outstanding achievements in airports, at the FAI’s annual awards ceremony on 6 December 2019.
The medal rewards outstanding achievements in any airsport by a woman, in the previous year. Sasha’s prize was in recognition of two women’s hang gliding world records set on 2 January 2018: ‘Straight distance to a declared goal’ (408km), and ‘Free distance using up to three turnpoints’ (412.6km), achieved during the 2018 Forbes Flatlands competition.
A few days prior, on 27 December 2017, she had also achieved ‘Distance over a triangular course’ (208km) and Speed over a triangular course of 200km (37.4km/h) records during the same event.
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