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Anna Stöhr and Dimitry Sharafutdinov win third round of the Bouldering World Cup 2008 in Grindelwald


The third round of the Bouldering World Cup 2008 was won by Dimitry Sharafutdinov and Anna Stöhr in Grindelwald, Switzerland, last weekend.

Anna Stöhr is on a roll in 2008. After the disappointment of the last-minute Belgrade competition cancellation, the young Austrian beat a field of 37 athletes in Switerland's Grindelwald to win her third straight victory this season, ahead of Charlotte Durif from France and Akiyo Noguchi from Japan.

Stöhr completed her hat trick by sending three problems in the extremely stiff final in 11 attempts, leaving the remaining five finalists to pick up the pieces on just one single problem. Reigning European Lead Champion Durif made a fantastic boulder debut to finish second by topping out on one problem first attempt, while Noguchi needed two to finish third overall. Fourth place went to Swiss hope Alexandra Eyer (another athlete more at home in lead competitions than bouldering), ahead of Angelica Lind from Sweden and World Cup 2007 winner Juliette Danion from France.

In the men's event Dimitry Sharafutdinov from Russia won his first event this season, ahead of Kilian Fischhuber from Austria and teammate David Lama. The reigning World Bouldering Champion topped out on two problems in the Final in 5 attempts, needing just one less than Fischhuber to secure victory. Lama topped out on just one problem and the bonus zones split him from Gabriele Moroni from Italy and Mykhaylo Shalagin from the Ukraine, while Akito Matsushima failed to top out on a single final problem, proving just how difficult the Final problems in the lay of the Eiger really were.

The World Cup ranking 2008 is unsurprisingly being led by Fischhuber and Stöhr who, together with all the other athletes, are currently making their way to Vail for America's first ever international World Cup Bouldering competition. The last time the States hosted an international event was when many of the current athletes were born... way back in 1989, with the likes of Ron Kauk, Lynn Hill, Jean Baptiste Tribout, Dale Goddard, Didier Raboutou, Catherine Destivelle and Robyn Erbesfield to name but a few.

Grindelwald Bouldering World Cup 2008

Rank Lastname Firstname Birth Nat. Final Semi Final Qual
1 Sharafutdinov Dmitry 1986 RUS 2t5 4b9 3t6 4b6 4t8 5b8
2 Fischhuber Kilian 1983 AUT 2t6 3b6 3t6 3b6 4t8 5b10
3 Lama David 1990 AUT 1t1 3b3 3t5 4b6 4t5 4b4
4 Moroni Gabriele 1987 ITA 1t1 3b4 4t11 4b11 4t12 5b6
5 Shalagin Mykhaylo 1982 UKR 1t4 3b6 2t7 4b11 3t3 4b4
6 Matsushima Akito 1982 JPN 0t 3b4 2t3 3b3 4t13 5b14
7 Müller Matthias 1979 SUI
2t7 4b14 3t3 5b7
Rank Lastname Firstname Birth Nat. Final Semi Final Qual
1 Stöhr Anna 1988 AUT 3t11 4b8 3t5 4b4 4t7 5b6
2 Durif Charlotte 1990 FRA 1t1 4b8 3t3 4b4 3t8 5b6
3 Noguchi Akiyo 1989 JPN 1t2 4b14 4t6 4b5 4t5 5b6
4 Eyer Alexandra 1981 SUI 1t2 3b3 3t3 4b4 5t8 5b5
5 Lind Angelica 1978 SWE 1t3 2b2 3t5 4b5 3t9 5b13
6 Danion Juliette 1981 FRA 0t 2b3 3t3 4b4 3t4 4b5





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