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DF’s Race 4 Eight Fun Facts & Trends Through the R48 6

[image]The 2016-2017 Race 4 Eight 6 has produced two new finalists, a consecutive appearance streak snapped, six events broadcast on ESPN, the second 10-time R48 champion, a new member of the Elite 8, a returning star doing serious damage, the shortest match in R48 history, four players ranked inside the Elite 8 in 2011 still inside the Elite 8, and a considerable closing of the ranking points gap between all of the Elite 8 stars.

Race 4 Eight 6 Fun Facts and Trends: October 2016-present

Luis Cordova became the first player to defeat two R48 #1’s in the same event (Salt Lake City ’17)

The Elite 8 were 44-12 against the qualifiers in the round of 16 in seven R48 6 events (79%)

Paul Brady became the sixth qualifier to reach a R48 final at the R48 6 NYAC and the first qualifier to win an event at the NYAC ‘17

David Fink became the eighth player in R48 history to reach the #1 R48 ranking (Chapman, Lenning, Moreno, Shanks, Brady, Ortiz, Carroll)

Killian Carroll became just the third player to win back-to-back R48 Men’s Pro titles with wins at the R48 6 New Orleans and Houston (Brady, Moreno)

[image]Killian Carroll (1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st), David Fink (2nd, 3rd, 5th, 3rd) and Luis Moreno (3rd, 2nd, 3rd, 6th) have finished in the top six of the last four R48 Men’s Pro events

Mando Ortiz became the first R48 #1 to lose in the round of 16 in a Race stop at the 2017 Houston R48 6

Sean Lenning’s consecutive R48 attendance streak ended at 37, with Lenning missing New Orleans ’17 R48 Stop #38 with a shoulder injury

Daniel Cordova was 2-4 in main draw tiebreakers in the R48 6 (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

David Fink and Killian Carroll became the third and fourth players, respectively, to appear in three straight R48 finals (Moreno, Brady)

Killian Carroll became the second player to reach four straight R48 finals (Brady)

Following the NYAC ’17. the R48 Men’s Pro Rankings featured the first three-way tie for the #1 spot in R48 history (Fink, Carroll, Moreno)

Killian Carroll owns the best winning percentage on the R48 6 (19-2: 90%)

[image]Paul Brady was the only undefeated player on the R48 6 tour (4-0)

Daniel Cordova dropped out of the R48 Elite 8 after New Orleans for the first time since 2015 (D. Cordova returned to the Elite 8 with a 6th place finish in the R48 6 Houston)

Vic Perez entered the Elite 8 for the first time following New Orleans, making him the longest-tenured R48 star to move into the R48 Elite 8 for the first time (6 years)

Andy Nett entered the R48 6 Minnesota with no R48 ranking and defeated five R48 pros in the top 11 (Moreno, Peixoto, D. Cordova, L. Cordova, Iglesias)

Luis Cordova and Jonathan Iglesias played the shortest R48 playoff match in R48 history in New Orleans from the time of the first ball struck (six minutes from the time of the first serve hit)

The R48 6 has featured seven different finalists in seven stops (Ortiz, McCarthy, Fink, Moreno, Carroll, Brady, L. Cordova) and five different champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Moreno became the second 10-time R48 champion with his victory at the Plummer Bash ’17 (Brady: 14)

Four members of the original Elite 8 from the first Race event at the inaugural 2011 Plummer Bash are still in the Elite 8 (Lenning, Moreno, Ortiz, Fink)

Jonathan Iglesias and Vic Perez played one another in consecutive R48 events in Plummer ’17 and New Orleans ‘17, becoming just the second pair to draw one another consecutively in a R48 event (Nett-Fink ’11)

[image]The season-ending R48 5 #1 and #8 pros were separated by 31.5 ranking points, the current R48 6 #1 and #8 pros are separated by 26 ranking points

David Fink is believed to be the oldest athlete to ever take over the #1 ranking in any professional sport for the first time at 39 years old or older

The R48 NYAC ’17 was the first time two players with the first name Luis appeared in the semifinals in the same event (Moreno, Cordova)

In seven stops on the 2015-2016 R48 5, there were four different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (Brady, Lenning, Ortiz, Carroll). In seven stops on the 2016-2017 R48 6, there have been five different R48 Men’s Pro Champions (McCarthy, Ortiz, Moreno, Carroll, Brady)

Luis Cordova was 4-2 in tiebreakers on the R48 6 (wins: Townsend, Montijo, Lenning, McCarthy/losses: Chavez, Carroll), Daniel Cordova was 2-4 in tiebreakers (losses: Lenning, Peixoto, Chavez, Fink, wins: Nett, Iglesias)

Highest ranked R48 pros by country:

Canada: Ryan Bowler (#18 overall)

[image]Ireland: Killian Carroll (#1 overall)

Mexico: Luis Cordova (#5 overall)

United States: David Fink (#2 overall)

From the 2015-2016 R48 5 season to the 2016-2017 R48 6 season, one player dropped out of the Elite 8 (Brady) and one player entered the Elite 8 (L. Cordova)

Biggest ranking jumps from the end of the R48 5 to the end of the R48 6:

Killian Carroll: #4 to #1

David Fink: #8 to #2

Luis Cordova: #9 to #5

The 2017 Player’s Championship ended with the “C” champions and three “C” #1’s: Killian Carroll, Catriona Casey, and Marcos Chavez (courtesy of DV)

[image]R48 Trends and Facts: 2011-Present

Through 41 events on the Race 4 Eight tour from 2011 2017, the Race 4 Eight has produced sensational tournaments, memorable matches, dominant champions and inspiring stories, all broadcast live on race4eight.com and the WatchESPN App. Read below for fun facts and trends from the first five years on the most exciting indoor pro handball tour in the sport.

Read much more here: http://wphlive.tv/thus-far-r48pro-facts-trends/

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