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
|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|
|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|