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Ice Climbing World Cup 2011: Park Hee Yong and Anna Gallyamova reign supreme


The fourth and final stage of the Ice Climbing World Cup 2011 drew to a close in Kirov, Russia on 8 March and was won by the Russians Maxim Tomilov and Anna Gallyamova. The Russians Maria Tolokonina and Pavel Gulayev were crowned Speed World Champions, while the winners of the Lead World Cup 2011 are Park Hee Yong (KOR) and Anna Gallyamova, and winners of the Speed World Cup 2011 are Maria Tolokonina (RUS) and Pavel Batushev (RUS).

Maxim Tomilov and Anna Gallyamova clenched victory in Kirov last Tuesday, beating a immense field of athletes predominantly from the east. The two Russians made the most of their home advantage in the final stage of the Ice Climbing World Cup 2011 – after Korea, Switzerland and Romania - and as usual the last leg proved decisive for the overall 2011 victory which went to Gallyamova and reigning Lead World Champion Park Hee Yong from Korea.

Prior to Kirov the race for 2011 Cup victory was still wide open with a number of contenders in with a running chance, in particular in the men's event where Tomilov started with 200 points, Yong with 245 and Bendler with 280. However, the final stage proved fatal above all for the Austrian and much to everyone's surprise the winner of World Cups 2010 and 2009 was stopped by a move low down in the Semifinal. After an impressive two victories and one 2nd place this season, Bendler's slip to 17th cost him dearly and in failing to qualify for the final he eventually settled down to what must be a disappointing third overall in 2011.

Tomilov won the Kirov stage thanks to the groundwork he made in the Semi-Final - his lone top would prove fundamental - but Yong held his nerve and in reaching the same height as Tomilov in the Final he not only placed 2nd in Kirov, he also clinched overall victory after a blazing march which saw him 2nd in Cheongsong, 3rd in Saas Fee, 1st in Busteni and 2nd in Kirov.

Much like the men's event, Gallyamova's success in the women's event was made somewhat easier by another surprise exclusion, this time in the form of reigning World Champion Angelika Rainer who failed to qualify for the final and slipped to 18th overall. Gallyamova seized her chance, like in Saas Fee a few weeks back, to win the event ahead of Lucie Hrozova from the Czech Republic and above all Maria Tolokonina (RUS) and Seon Shin Woon from Korea who had both topped out in the qualifiers and the Semi-final. Gallymova climbed a full meter higher than the rest of the field to crown her best season to date, while Hrozova placed second in both Kirov and the World Cup.

Kirov also hosted the Speed Climbing event and this also acted as the Speed World Championship 2011. This was won by Pavel Gulayev from Russia and his teammate Maria Tolokonina, meaning that overall 2011 cup victory went to Tolokonina and Pavel Batushev (RUS).

Men Points Women Points
1 Park Hee Yong KOR 325 1 Gallyamova Anna RUS 316
2 Tomilov Maxim RUS 300 2 Hrozova Lucie CZE 280
3 Bendler Markus AUS 298 3 Shin Woon Seon KOR 252
4 Sypavin Valentyn UKR 194 4 Tolokonina Maria RUS 243
5 Córdova Alegre Manuel ESP 178 5 Maureau Stéphanie FRA 199
6 Dengin Alexey RUS 161 6 Rainer Angelika ITA 185
7 Kryvosheytsev Yevgen UKR 138 7 Badalyan Liudmila RUS 171
8 Tomilov Alexey RUS 114 8 Petkova Radka BGR 148
8 Bueno Berges Javier ESP 114 9 Gallyamova Nadezhda RUS 115
10 Aufdenblatten Patrik CHE 102 10 Jeong Woon Wha KOR 106
1 Park Hee Yong KOR 1 Rainer Angelika ITA
2 Bendler Markus AUT 2 Shin Wonn Sheon KOR
3 Kryvosheytsev Yevgen UKR 3 Gallyamova Anna RUS
1 Tomilov Maxim RUS 1 Gallyamova Anna RUS
2 Park Hee Yong KOR 2 Hrozova Lucie CZE
3 Sypavin Valentyn UKR 3 Tolokonina Maria RUS
4 Dengin Alexey RUS 4 Shin Woon Seon KOR
5 Córdova Manuel ESP 5 Badalyan Liudmila RUS
6 Terekhin Vasily RUS 6 Maureau Stéphanie FRA
7 Petkov Mincho BUL 7 Gallyamova Nadezhda RUS
8 Kuzovlev Nikolay RUS 8 Astashkina Kseniya RUS
9 Lobzov Stanislav RUS
1 Batushev Pavel RUS 310 1 Tolokonina Maria RUS 345
2 Gulyaev Pavel RUS 305 2 Kulikova Natalya RUS 303
3 Tomilov Maxim RUS 234 3 Bagaeva Irina RUS 242
4 Kolchegoshev Kirril RUS 188 4 Gallyamova Nadezhda RUS 210
4 Vagin Alexey RUS 188 5 Shabalina Viktoria RUS 208
6 Lysenko Igor RUS 175 6 Petkova Radka BGR 185
7 Tomilov Alexey RUS 172 7 Oleynikova Yulia 112
8 Shved Nikolay RUS 143 8 Kosic Tjasa SVN 91
9 Fayzullin Igor RUS 134 9 Boldyreva Ekaterina RUS 85
10 Trapeznikov Egor RUS 126 10 Krasavina Maria RUS 80
1 Gulyaev Pavel RUS 1 Tolokonina Maria RUS
2 Spitsyn Ivan RUS 2 Krasavina Maria RUS
3 Batushev Pavel RUS 3 Gallyamova Nadezhda RUS
4 Tomilov Maxim RUS 4 Petkova Radka BUL
5 Tomilov Alexey RUS 5 Shabalina Viktoria RUS
6 Vlasov Maxim RUS 6 Oleynikova Julia RUS
7 Lysenko Igor RUS 7 Kulikova Natalya RUS
8 Faizullin Igor RUS 8 Bagaeva Irina RUS





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