Wojciech Bogdal celebrates his gold medal with colleagues at the World Games in Wrocław ©Getty Images

Poland's air-sports gold medallist Wojciech Bógdał has been selected as the International World Games Association's (IWGA) athlete of the month for August.

Bógdał was a home hero when he won the paramotoring competition at the World Games in Wrocław on July 23.

After flying nine tasks over three days, he ended with a convincing win, eight points in front of Thailand's Kittiphop Phrommat.

"I like to fly in front of my home crowd," he said.

"People were waving, and one even had a flag with my name on it, that was great.""

Bógdał, 23, who lives a three-hour drive from Wrocław, admitted the competition had been "very hard, but we had a lot of tasks and we flew in all our slots"". 

"We had more than 12 take-offs, which made it hard," he said.

The first paramotoring session on the last day of competition started before 8am, to ensure a quick turn-around of pilots. 

Poland host the World Games in Wrocław this year ©World Games 2017
Poland host the World Games in Wrocław this year ©World Games 2017

Organisers were keen to stay ahead of stormy weather which was forecast to arrive later. 

Last to fly on that task, all Bogdal had to do to finish in first position overall was get round the slalom flying course safely, which he did. 

He finished fifth in the task - enough to keep him ahead of the pack.

After the medals ceremony in front of a home crowd at the airfield in Wrocław, he said it had been emotional winning in his home country.

Bógdał started to fly solo 10 years ago when he was 13-years-old. 

"When I was three years old my father started to fly, so I am from a paramotoring family," he said.