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Rakhmetov and Choumilova win third stage beneath downpour

Rain practically stopped play at the Bouldering World Cup 2000, held this weekend in Chamonix, France. Last weekend's Difficulty was disturbed by rain, but this third event was literally thrown into disorder due to the downpours.

In the hope of better weather Saturday's qualification was postponed to Sunday: the entire program had to be compressed into a single day and the athletes were therefore allowed just 4 minutes for each of the 4 boulder problems. Climbing in two groups, the best 10 athletes qualified quickly for the Final.

But their efforts were to no avail, for there was no escaping the rain. Nevertheless, the Finals went ahead, and the Russian Salavat Rakhmetov prevailed considerably over the rest of the field to win the men's event. Second place went to the Ukrainian Serik Kazbekov, thereby inverting the order of the recent Masters in Gap. Stephane Julien, winner of the first World Cup event in Konitsa, Greece, placed third and therefore leads the provisional World Cup ranking. Fourth place went to the Ukrainian Andrei Vedenmeier, winner of last week's Speed Competition. Fifth, sixth and seventh place went to the Frenchmen Frédéric Tuscan, Daniel Dulac and Alexandre Chabot respectively.

Elena Choumilova consolidated her lead of the provisional World Cup ranking by winning the women's event, but unfortunately finished the competition with a knee injury. Cecile Leflem from France beat Myria Motteau to second place, ahead of Sandrine Levet and Vera Kotasova fourth and fifth respectively.



Boulder World Cup
  Results men
1Salavat Rakhmetov
2Serik Kazbekov
3Stephane Julien
3Andrei Vedenmeier
5Frédéric Tuscan
6Daniel Dulac
7Alexandre Chabot
8Tomasz Oleksy
9Jérôme Meyer
 Results women
1Elena Choumilova
2Cecile Leflem
3Myria Motteau
3Sandrine Levet
5Vera Kotasova
6Natalia Novikova
7Olga Bibik
8Delphine Martin
9Elena Repko
10Renata Piszczek

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