Asher Makes World Cup Final

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American Lizzy Asher made the final of a bouldering World Cup last weekend in Bardonecchia, Italy, finishing seventh in a field that included most of the world’s strongest bouldering competitors. This was the 17-year-old Texan’s best finish yet in World Cup competition. In July, she placed 11th in a World Cup in France. Frenchwoman Sandrine Levet now has a lock on her second overall World Cup bouldering title after winning her fourth competition of the year in Italy. Olga Bibik of Russia, the only woman challenging Levet, placed a disappointing 18th in Italy, after winning her last two international competitions. On the men’s boulder problems, Daniel Dulac of France also sealed up a victory in the overall World Cup series, winning for the second time this season at the comp in Italy. One stop remains on the 2004 bouldering World Cup circuit: September 24-26 in China. Women 1. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 2. Giulia Giammarco (ITA) 3. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS) 4. Mélanie Son (FRA) 5. Maud Ansade (FRA) 7. Lizzy Asher (USA) Men 1. Daniel Dulac (FRA) 2. Matthias Müller (SWI) 3. Loïc Gaidioz (FRA) 4. Wouter Jongeneelen (NED) 5. Ludovic Laurence (FRA)

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