Aussie 15-Year-Old Wins World Drone Racing Championship
Australia may be struggling on the cricket field, but Aussie sports fans can rejoice after 15-year-old Rudi Browning won the Drone Racing world championships in China.
The young Aussie saw off competition from around the world as more than 120 people competed over four days at the Shenzhen Universiade Centre Stadium in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, in front of a crowd of 10,000 people.
Victory in the final also sealed a gold medal for Australia in the team standings. Sweden claimed the silver medal, while South Korea rounded out the podium with the bronze.
Browning, according to Chinese State News Agency, Xinhua, said he's ecstatic to have claimed the top prize.
"I dreamed of this, and it is incredible that it has come true, I couldn't be happier."
The races took place on a 650 metre track. Designed to look like a Chinese knot, the track is decorated with 7,000 metres of LED light bulbs and is littered with obstacles to test the pilot's skill, reflexes and dexterity to the limits.
The final itself started dramatically with Sweden's Koch Noa disqualified for a false start before the race began, leaving only Browning, Hackl Bastian of Austria and Latvia's Gross Karlis to compete.
Browning took out the three lap race with a final time of one minute and 24 seconds. He beat second placed Bastian by a full three seconds with Karlis finishing more than five seconds behind the young champion.
Elsewhere in the championship, 11-year-old Thai racer, Wanraya Wannapong took out the women's competition, seeing off 13 other women to seal victory.