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Final 20 January


If the Semi-final was spectacular, the Final was in a league of its own. This morning the eight female finalists lined up for the third day running, intent on giving it all they had left. The problems proved to be hard though, with just one top at the hands of Kristen Buchmann from Germany. This wasn’t enough however to beat Ksenia Sdobnikova, consistent on all three problems and now, after her victory in Kirov, well ahead in the provisional IWC ranking.

Buchmann, last to qualify for the Finals, placed a surprising but well-earned second, ahead of Ines Papert, third. The current World Champion almost topped out on two problems but lacked precision to complete the final moves. On the second boulder she made an error matching the ice picks and this may have cost her dearly. Liv Sansoz from France placed an excellent fourth – as she herself said, she had given it everything and was pleased with both her result and the well-set routes that enabled the athletes to climb – lots…

The Men’s Final got underway at 12.30 precisely. And it was Daniel Dulac who stole the show, climbing to victory once again although the Frenchman was the only athlete to top out on the first route, any of the finalists could have won the competition.

In the end Will Gadd, perhaps the only true ice climber and much to his own surprise, placed second, ahead of the Austrian Harald Berger, strong and determined as ever. Evgeny Krivoisheitsev placed fourth followed by Husson, Bytchkov, Lombard and Steinbrugger, fifth to eigth respectively.

Three days of spectacular competition now come to an end in Valle di Daone. The event proved to be entertaining for all and extremely well run – from the creation of the ice structure to the setting of the routes, not to mention the organising committee and the countless volunteers – congratulations to all who helped make Daone work.



Final results

1 Daniel Dulac FRA
2 Will Gadd CAN
3 Harald Berger AUT
4 Evgeny Krivoisheitsev UKR
5 Stephane Husson FRA
6 Dimitri Bytchkov RUS
7 François Lombard FRA
8 Thomas Steinbrugger AUT

1 Ksenia Sdobnikova RUS
2 Kirsten Buchmann GER
3 Ines Papert GER
4 Liv Sansoz FRA
5 Maria Livfshits RUS
6 Abby Watkins AUS
7 Mi Sun Go KOR
8 Stephany Maureau FRA




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Daniel Dulac, winner of the second stage of the IWC 2002 in Valle di Daone.



Ksenia Sdobnikova in the Final


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