PHOTOS: European Championships - Full Report

by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Sep/2010
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+Adam Ondra and Jakob Schubert, 157 kb
Adam Ondra and Jakob Schubert
UKC News, Sep 2010
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+Stew Watson - top placed British competitor, 81 kb
Stew Watson - top placed British competitor
UKC News, Sep 2010
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Over the last few days the European Championships have been held in Imst and Innsbruck in Austria. The competition has covered Lead, Bouldering and Speed and many of the world's top competition climbers entered.

Bjorn Pohl, UKC's sport and bouldering news editor has published two short reports with results from the: Lead and Bouldering comps.

First up was the lead competition at Imst which was won by Spanish power-house Ramon Julian Puigblanque and successful competition climber and Austrian local Angela Eiter.

Puigblanque came within a cat's whisker of topping out on the men's final route, falling as he lunged for the finishing hold, which put him ahead of his nearest competitor Adam Ondra by just a couple of moves. Virtually onsighting a route of around F8b+ must surely tire even the fittest of climbers, but Puigblanque was straight out on the rock just a few days after the comp (See UKC News) and Ondra carried on competing, securing second place in the bouldering competition.

Angela Eiter climbed extremely smoothly in the women's competition and also fell going for the final hold of her route.

The bouldering competition followed at Innsbruck, the climbing capital of Austria, and the show was dominated by Cedric Lachat of Switzerland. Cedric stormed the final, topping out on all four of the final problems in just five attempts - flashing all but one of the problems and needing just one more go for the other. Adam Ondra came in second place after warming up the previous day in the lead competition.

Austrian climber Anna St÷hr took first place in the women's competition, with the young German Juliane Wurm close behind.

Stew Watson was the highest placed British competitor coming in eighth place and narrowly missing the finals.

Just after his attempts in the semi-finals Stew commented:

"The qualification round was really good, all nice problems that climbed really well, very nice. Now in the semifinals you could tell there were two problems that were typical Percy Bishton made. The setting here at the market place with the mountains towering around is really amazing, but in this round I wasn't really on fire, I wasn't in the zone really. I could have tried a bit harder on the second problem, and on the last - I should have spotted right away that you had to match the hold. Overall though I am quite happy..."

+Ramon Julian Puigblanque winner of the men's lead, 199 kb
Ramon Julian Puigblanque winner of the men's lead
UKC News, Sep 2010
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+Angela Eiter winner of the women's lead, 202 kb
Angela Eiter winner of the women's lead
UKC News, Sep 2010
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+Cedric Lachat cranking to first place in the men's bouldering comp, 80 kb
Cedric Lachat cranking to first place in the men's bouldering comp
UKC News, Sep 2010
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+Stew Watson putting in a sterling performance for the UK in the men's bouldering competition, 89 kb
Stew Watson putting in a sterling performance for the UK in the men's bouldering competition
UKC News, Sep 2010
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+Adam Ondra climbing to second place in the men's lead competition, 205 kb
Adam Ondra climbing to second place in the men's lead competition
UKC News, Sep 2010
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Results:

Women's Lead

1 Eiter Angela
2 Ernst Johanna
3 Dufraisse AlizÚe
4 Markovic Mina
5 Eyer Alexandra
6 Shalagina Olga
7 Durif Charlotte
8 Bacher Barbara

Men's Lead

1 Julian Puigblanque Ramˇn
2 Ondra Adam
3 Schubert Jakob
4 Lama David
5 Midtboe Magnus
6 Usobiaga Lakunza Patxi
7 Chernikov Mikhail
8 Romain Manuel

Women's Boulder

1 St÷hr Anna
2 Wurm Juliane
3 Shalagina Olga
4 Bibik Olga
5 Le Neve Melissa
6 Galliamova Anna

Men's Boulder

1 Lachat CÚdric
2 Ondra Adam
3 Fischhuber Kilian
4 Kruder Jernej
5 Ten Sijthoff Casper
6 Becan Klemen

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The podium - men's lead competition: Ondra, Puigblanque and Schubert
UKC News, Sep 2010
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Natalija Gros shows some flexibility in the women's bouldering comp
UKC News, Sep 2010
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The podium - men's bouldering comp: Ondra, Lachat and Fischhuber
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The podium - women's bouldering comp: Wurm, Stohr and Shalagina
UKC News, Sep 2010
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Thanks go to Sarah Burmester of Klettern.de for the use of her photographs to illustrate this report.

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