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New Star in Men’s Bouldering

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Austrian Kilian Fischhuber has won his first World Cup bouldering competition and moved into the top spot in the overall standings. Fischhuber, 21, led the field in Erlangen, Germany, on April 17, beating the Frenchman Jérôme Meyer, last year’s World Cup champion. Another rising star, Andrew Earl of Great Britain, finished fifth in Germany, after a sixth-place finish at the first World Cup of 2004, earlier this month in Birmingham, England. Last year, Earl was ranked 29th on the World Cup circuit. Sandrine Levet of France could find the top step of the winner’s podium in her sleep—last year’s World Cup champion dominated the women’s field in Germany as usual. The Russian Olga Bibik, ranked second in the world, finished a disappointing 10th, leaving the door open for her countrywoman, Ioulia Abramtchouk, to grab second place. Men 1. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 2. Jérôme Meyer (FRA) 3. Laurence Ludovic (FRA) 4. Stephane Julien (FRA) 5. Andrew Earl (UK) Women 1. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 2. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS) 3. Jenny Lavarda (ITA) 4. Corrinne Theroux (FRA) 5. Samantha Berry (AUS)