Stohr, Sharafutdinov Win First 2013 Bouldering World Cup
3/25/13 - Austrian Anna Stöhr and Russian Dmitry Sharafutdinov have won the first Bouldering World Cup of 2013, held in Chongqing, China.
Stöhr was ranked the overall bouldering champion in 2012. In Chongqing, she had a clear lead going into finals, being the only woman to finish the four semi-finals problems. She clinched her win in finals with more topouts than anyone else. (No competitor was able to finish problem #3, and Stöhr was the only one to finish #4.) Momoka Oda of Japan came in second, followed by Alex Puccio, the only American at this World Cup.
The men's competition was closer. Sharafutdinov was in last place going into finals, but all men had topped out all semi-finals problems. But he pulled ahead of the field when he was the only man to finish every problem. Austrian Jakob Schubert placed second, with Japan's Tsukuru Hori coming in third.
It's worth noting that Kilian Fischhuber was absent from the opening of the 2013 series; he ranked second in bouldering last year. The next Bouldering World Cup will take place April 5 and 6 in Millau, France.
Final women's results:
- Anna Stöhr (Austria)
- Momoka Oda (Japan)
- Alex Puccio (USA)
- Akiyo Noguchi (Japan)
- Shauna Coxsey (Great Britain)
- Monika Retschy (Germany)
Final men's results:
- Dmitry Sharafutdinov (Russia)
- Jakob Schubert (Austria)
- Tsukuru Hori (Japan)
- Rustam Gelmanov (Russia)
- Thomas Caleyron (France)
- Guillaume Glairon Mondet (France)