Harrington 2nd in World Champs


Emily Harrington pulled off the greatest climb of her life to take second at the biannual World Championships of lead climbing in Munich, Germany. The 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, tied for eighth in the semifinal and then beat many of the world’s best in the final round. Harrington, the North American champion in 2004, finished ninth in the last World Championships, in 2003, and had never finished higher than 10th at a World Cup. There was no upset at the top of the podium, however: Angela Eiter of Austria, the dominant female climber of the past two years, easily won the women’s championship.The Czech Tomás Mrázek, last year’s World Cup champion, made up for a disappointing start to the 2005 World Cup season by decisively repeating as world champion. Vadim Vinokur, tied for 14th, was the top U.S. finisher in a huge field of 116 men.Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Emily Harrington (USA) 3. Akiyo Noguchi (JAP) 4. Olha Shalagina (UKR) 5. Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA) 40. Elizabeth Asher (USA) Men 1. Tomás Mrázek (CZE) 2. Patxi Usobiaga (SPA) 3. Alex Chabot (FRA) 4. Cédric Lachat (SWI) 5. Jorg Verhoeven (NED) 14. Vadim Vinokur (USA) 34. Ethan Pringle (USA) 83. Mauricio Huerta (MEX) 88. Patrick Cassiday (USA) 103. Christian Ehlert (MEX) 109. Brett Ashton (USA)