Russian, Austrian Victories at Vail World Cup
6/9/13 - Russian Dimitri Sharafutdinov and Austrian Anna Stöhr won the only bouldering IFSC World Cup on U.S. soil this year, capping a two-day competition at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado.
Alex Puccio was the top American finisher at the World Cup on June 8, climbing onto the podium in third place in the women's competition. The two other American finalists, Angie Payne and Paul Robinson, each finished sixth.
The men's competition was a battle between two Russian strongmen: Sharafutdinov and Rustam Gelmanov, who each topped three problems, with Sharafutdinov, the top-ranked boulderer in the world, coming out No. 1 with two fewer attempts. No other male climber finished more than one problem, including Kilian Fischhuber (Austria) and Sean McColl (Canada), the two men who dominated the semifinal round.
The women's final was a thriller, with three women topping all four problems and Stöhr, the dominant female competition boulderer of our time, eking out a win based on attempts. Akiyo Noguchi (Japan) and Alex Puccio tied in the final, with Noguchi claiming second based on count-back to the semifinal results. Puccio currently stands fourth inthe bouldering IFSC World Cup standings and is ranked third in the world in bouldering for the last 12 months.
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Women's final results:
- Anna Stöhr (Austria)
- Akiyo Noguchi (Japan)
- Alex Puccio (USA)
- Shauna Coxsey (Great Britain)
- Juliane Wurm (Germany)
- Angie Payne (USA)
Men's final results:
- Dmitri Sharafutdinov (Russia)
- Rustam Gelmanov (Russia)
- Jorg Verhoeven (Netherlands)
- Sean McColl (Canada)
- Kilian Fischhuber (Austria)
- Paul Robinson (USA)
Dates of event: June 7-8, 2013