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Sandrine Levet of France won the World Cup bouldering season title for the fifth time in six years, while Kilian Fischhuber of Austria came from behind to snag the season title at the fourth and final comp in Firminy, France. Kischhuber was ranked second going into the Firminy event, and his third-place finish gave him enough points to surpass France’s Jérôme Meyer, who suffered in 21st place at last weekend’s comp. Kischhuber was runner-up in last year’s World Cup season.
Poland’s Tomasz Olesky was the surprise winner of the Firminy stop on the circuit. Olesky is better known as a speed climber, having won a couple of World Cups and Arco speed climbs, though he also won a bouldering World Cup comp in 2003. France’s Juliette Danion stood atop the women’s podium. No North Americans competed in this World Cup event.
2005 World Cup Bouldering Season
Men1. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 2. Jérôme Meyer (FRA) 3. Salavat Rakhmetov (RUS) 4. Daniel Dulac (FRA) 5. Gérome Pouvreau (FRA)
Women1. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 2. Olga Bibik (RUS) 3. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS) 4. Emilie Abgrall (FRA) 5. Anna Stöhr (AUT)
Firminy World Cup (Oct. 1)
Men1. Tomasz Olesky (POL) 2. Daniel Dulac (FRA) 3. Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) 4. Nalle Hukkataival (FIN) 5. Loic Gaidioz (FRA)
Women1. Juliette Danion (FRA) 2. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 3. Anna Stöhr (AUT) 4. Yana Chereshneva (RUS) 5. Ioulia Abramtchouk (RUS)