Chabot, Eiter Win at Arco


Alexander Chabot of France and Angela Eiter of Austria won the 18th annual RockMaster competition in Arco, Italy, the most prestigious invitational comp in the world. It was Chabot’s third Arco win in a row and the second for Eiter. Arco’s difficulty competition combines the results from an onsight on Saturday and a redpoint on Sunday. In the onsight event, Chabot climbed far over his nearest rival, current World Cup leader Tomás Mrázek of the Czech Republic, but only because Mrázek managed to tangle his shorts in a quickdraw. The Czech nearly got his revenge on Sunday by redpointing almost to the top of a 5.14c route while all of his competitors struggled. But Chabot edged his rival on combined points. In the women’s difficulty comp, Eiter easily outclassed the field, though it must be said that World Cup points leader Muriel Sarkany of Belgium was absent from Arco. The bouldering comp at Arco was a single-elimination contest — you fail to climb a problem in each round and you’re out. In the end, Matthias Müller of Switzerland for the men and Mélanie Son of France for the women survived both the competition pressure and temperatures in the high 80s to take the title. To see more details and photos from the comp, visit RockMaster Men 1. Alexander Chabot (FRA) 2. Tomás Mrázek (CZE) 3. Sylvain Millet (FRA) 4. Christian Bindhammer (GER) 5. Ramón Julián Puigblanque (SPA) RockMaster Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 3. Katharina Saurwein (AUT) 4. Alexandra Eyer (SWI) 5. Jenny Lavarda (ITA) Sint Roc Boulder Contest Men 1. Matthias Müller (SWI) 2. Daniel Dulac (FRA) 3. Salavat Rakhmetov (RUS) 4. Tomasz Oleksy (POL) 5. Jérôme Meyer (FRA) Sint Roc Boulder Contest Women 1. Mélanie Son (FRA) 2. Anna Stöhr (AUT) 3. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS) 4. Natalia Perlova (UKR) 5. Giulia Giammarco (ITA)