Gabriele Moroni and Asja Gollo boulder to victory in Rome
On Sunday 13 April Gabriele Moroni and Asja Gollo won the first stage of the Italian Bouldering Cup 2014 in Rome.
The Italian Bouldering Cup got off to a great start last Sunday when over 120 climbers homed in on the Italian capital for the first lef of the 2014 season that resulted in confirmations, surprises and above all great excitement.
Confirmation came from Gabriele Moroni who after having been absent from the Italian Bouldering Cup for a while won from afar; first he competed in the (by no means easy) qualification rounds to then finish the day in style. Yes, because despite the pressure (above all from last year's winner Michael Piccolruaz), Moroni was the only one to send three of the final problems. Stefan Scarperi placed an excellent second with two tops, while Andrea Zanone celebrated his best competition performance to date.
The surprise came in the women's final, where young Asja Gollo caught everyone offguard to win her first Italian Bouldering Cup. In truth the competition was always an intense battle between all finalists but, right as the time was about to run out on the very last problem, Gollo stuck the dyno and won. She was followed by Annalisa De Marco and Jenny Lavarda, second and third respectively.
There was plenty of excitement, as comp speaker Daniele Adriani told Planetmountain: "I've witnessed lots of competitions but this one was special, one of the best I've ever seen. The route setters Donato Lella and Luca Parisse did a superb job, got everyone to climb and set some spectacular problems. The competition was a real climbing marathon, from 9 in the morning to 9 at night, but when Moroni stuck the dyno to win, well, the crowd went wild!"
For a full report from the route setter and a portfolio check out Luca Parisse's website.
Final results - Italian Bouldering Cup Rome 13/04/2014
1 Gabriele Moroni 3t6 4z
2 Stefan Scarperi 2t2 4z
3 Andrea Zanone 1t1 1z
4 Michael Piccolruaz 1t2 4z
5 Marcello Bombardi 1t3 2z
6 Marco Gozzi 1t3 2z
1 Asja Gollo 2t4 4z
2 Annalisa De Marco 1t1 4z
3 Jenny Lavarda 1t1 3z
4 Giorgia Tesio 1t1 3z
5 Andrea Ebner 1t1 3z
6 Giada Zampa 0t0 3z