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Crespi and Eyer victorious in Brno!


The eigth stage of the Difficulty World Cup 2004 was won last weekend by Flavio Crespi and Alexandra Eyer.

Flavio Crespi, Climbing World Cup

The eigth stage of the Difficulty World Cup was won last weekend by Flavio Crespi and Alexandra Eyer. The two athletes produced their best competion result ever in Brno, Czech Republic, and although in the past both had eyed victory on numerous occasions, neither of them had been able to secure the top podium position up until now.

Crespi beat a strong field to win his first ever WC competition, ahead of home-favourite Tomasz Mrazek and Alexandre Chabot, second and third respectively. The young Italian powered through a set of undercuts which had stopped Chabot, and came to within a few moves from the top. Mrazek exited last and climbed past Chabot's highpoint, but then fell 4 holds short of Crespi.

The women's event proved to be surprising too. In a final in which 7 out of the 8 finalists fell within the short space of just 1 meter, Alexandra Eyer from Switzerland pulled off the impossible and beat all, placing first ahead of Olha Shalahina and Maja Vidmar. Angela Eiter, the only ahlete to top out in the Semifinal, placed fourth, beating closest rival Muriel Sarkany into 5th place.

After these surprise results, and Sarkany and Chabot's victory in Valence (France) a fortnight ago, the World Cup 2004 will now be decided in Kranj this weekend. All podium places are up for grabs, and this final stage will prove conclusive: will Mrazek manage to beat Chabot? The Czech leads by 35 points, but the Frenchman has been winning more competitions of late... And will Angela Eiter manage to grasp overall victory from Muriel Sarkany? The Belgian has a 39 point margin, both have won 3 competitions... It's going to prove close. See you in Slovenia!

Results men - Brno
1 Crespi Flavio ITA
2 Mrázek Tomás CZE
3 Chabot Alexandre FRA
4 Petrenko Maxim UKR
5 Lagni Bernardino ITA
6 Verhoeven Jorg NED
7 Millet Sylvain FRA
8 Son Sang-Won KOR
9 Zardini Luca ITA
10 Fuselier Mickael FRA
11 Kim Ja-Ha KOR
12 Droetto Fabrizio ITA
13 Ovtchinnikov Evgueni RUS
13 Repcik Juraj SVK
15 Vinokur Vadim USA
16 Bindhammer Christian GER
17 Kaourov Ivan RUS
17 Pouvreau Gérome FRA
17 Sova Matej SLO
17 Usobiaga Patxi ESP
21 Brenna Cristian ITA
22 Bindhammer Andreas GER
22 Fichtinger Reinhard AUT
22 Puigblanque Ramón Julián ESP
22 Reis Jürgen AUT
26 Valjavec Tomaz SLO

Results women - Brno
1 Eyer Alexandra SUI
2 Shalahina Olha UKR
3 Vidmar Maja SLO
4 Eiter Angela AUT
5 Sarkany Muriel BEL
6 Kobayashi Yuka JPN
7 Ciavaldini Caroline FRA
8 Ostapenko Alena UKR
9 Kim Ja-In KOR
10 Iaemourd Ekaterina RUS
11 Bacher Barbara AUT
12 Martin Delphine FRA
13 Levet Sandrine FRA
14 Lavarda Jenny ITA
15 Saurwein Katharina AUT

Photo: Flavio Crespi, winner in Brno (Photo by Zofin)

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Results men - Valence
1 Chabot Alexandre FRA
2 Bindhammer Christian GER
3 Mrazek Tomasz CZE
4 Fuselier Michaël FRA
5 Auclair Francois FRA
6 Dugit Stephane FRA
7 Desgranges Romain FRA
8 Ovchinnikov Evgeny RUS
9 Crespi Flavio ITA
10 Lo Piccolo Cedric FRA
11 Dugit Fabien FRA
12 Legrand Yannick FRA
13 Zardini Luca ITA
13 Verhoeven Jorg NED
15 Fichtinger Reinhard AUT
16 Fischuber Kilian AUT
17 Vinokur Vadim USA
18 Pagnoux Romain FRA
19 Marin Garcia Eduar SPA
19 Becan Klemen SLO
21 Goussak Igor UKR
21 Puigblanque Ramon Julian SPA
23 Usobiaga Lakunka Patxi SPA
24 Pouvreau Gerôme FRA

Results women - Valence
1 Sarkany Muriel BEL
2 Cufar Martina SLO
2 Ciavaldini Caroline FRA
4 Lavarda Jenny ITA
5 Eiter Angela AUT
6 Gros Natalija SLO
7 Schöpf Bettina AUT
8 Eyer Alexandra SUI
9 Iaemourd Ekaterina RUS
10 Ostapenko Olena UKR
11 Bacher Barbara AUT
12 Vidmar Maja SLO
13 Minoret Chloe FRA
14 Franko Lucija SLO
15 Levet Sandrine FRA
16 Shalahina Olga UKR
17 Graftiaux Chloe BEL
18 Knorr Damaris GER
19 Vidmar Katja SLO
20 Largeron Marine FRA





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