Asher in Finals at World Cup


American Lizzy Asher made the finals of last weekend's bouldering World Cup in Fiera di Primiero, Italy, finishing eighth overall. Russian Olga Bibik won the women’s competition, the third in the 2005 bouldering circuit, but still trails Sandrine Levet of France. Asher, the North American champion in bouldering in 2004, is ranked 15th in the world and likely would rank much higher if she could do more international comps.

On the men’s side, World Cup season leader Jérôme Meyer of France finished sixth in Italy, leaving the door open for countryman Gérome Pouvreau to take the top spot on the podium. Austrian Kilian Fischhuber continues to nip at Meyer’s heels for the season lead; he finished second in Italy.

Only one bouldering World Cup remains on the abbreviated 2005 schedule, but several major international comps will be held this summer, starting with the World Championships in Munich in early July.

Women 1. Olga Bibik (RUS) 2. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 3. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS) 4. Corinne Theroux (FRA) 5. Emilie Abgrall (FRA) 8. Elizabeth Asher (USA) 14. Emily Harrington (USA)

Men 1. Gérome Pouvreau (FRA) 2. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 3. Andrew Earl (UK) 4. Daniel Dulac (FRA) 5. Stephane Julien (FRA) 21. Ethan Pringle (USA)