David Lama and Juliette Danion won the European Bouldering Championship in Birmigham, England, last weekend. Lama, 16, won the European lead-climbing championship last summer and finished second in the 2006 lead-climbing World Cup series. He was ranked only 16th worldwide in bouldering competition in 2006, but no podium now appears safe from the young Austrian. Danion, 25, was last year’s runner-up in World Cup bouldering, behind Russian Olga Bibik, who failed to make the final in Birmingham.
See a gallery of photos from the European Championships at thebmc.co.uk/climb07/photos.htm. The seven-stop 2007 World Cup bouldering tour begins in two weeks in Germany.
In a separate event in Birmingham, competitors attempted to break the world dyno record, leaping from a pair of starting holds to a finishing jug on a 20-degree overhanging wall. Edyta Ropek of Poland set a new women’s record, jumping 217.5 centimeters, or about 7 feet, 1.5 inches, to snag the jug. Sergii Topishko of Ukraine equaled the men’s world record of 270 centimeters: a little over 8 feet, 10 inches.
European Bouldering Championships
March 16-18, 2007
Men 1. David Lama (AUT) 2. Nalle Hukkataival (FIN) 3. Tomás Mrázek (CZE) 4. Dmitry Sharafutdinov (RUS) 5. Salavat Rakhmetov (RUS)
Women 1. Juliette Danion (FRA) 2. Olga Shalagina (UKR) 3. Olga Bezhko (UKR) 4. Natalija Gros (SLO) 5. Tatiana Tarasova (RUS)