Meyer Locks Up Bouldering World Cup

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Frenchman Jérôme Meyer has cemented the overall victory in the 2006 bouldering World Cup. Meyer dominated an intense competition schedule over three weeks in mid-June, with two victories and a second-place finish at World Cups in Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. With just one competition left in 2006 (Moscow in November), it’s mathematically impossible for Austria’s Kilian Fischhuber, last year’s World Cup winner, to catch Meyer for the season trophy.

Fifteen-year-old David Lama of Austria won the latest bouldering World Cup, held last weekend in Hall, Austria. The victory comes just one month after Lama won a lead-climbing World Cup in Germany, a remarkable debut for the youth. (Not surprisingly, he also won his age-group category at the European Youth Cup in May.)

The women’s bouldering competition, meanwhile, remains very close. With six of the seven 2006 bouldering World Cups now completed, France’s Juliette Danion narrowly trails Russian Olga Bibik in the season standings. Each of the women won one of the comps in June, and now they will have to wait nearly half a year to see who will win it all in Moscow, where Bibik will have the home-crowd advantage.Comment on this story