Andy Earl - Winner

The UK's wall and climbing competition expert, Graeme Alderson just called from the IFSC Climbing Worldcup being held at the tiny island of La Reunion this weekend with some exciting news. (La Reunion is situated in the Indian Ocean north of Madagascar.)

Northumberland's Andy Earl has just won this round, with Gaz Parry achieving a very commendable seventh place. This is the first time a Brit has won a world cup bouldering event since Mark Croxall won the bouldering world cup at Birmingham in 2005 ( Mark came 17th in the La Reunion competition).

Earl beat some very strong competition.

2nd: Jérôme Meyer (FRA)
3rd: Daniel Dulac (FRA)
4th: Kilian Fischhuber (AUT)
5th: Lucas Preti (IT)
6th: Christian Core (IT)

Andy has been in the news quite recently with his ascent of the highball, The Magician, Font 8a, at Ravensheugh Crag in Northumberland, read about it, here.

In the womens competition, French woman, 25 year old Juliette Danion took the top spot on the podium and is currently ranked number one in the IFSC Climbing Worldcup 2007. Chloé Graftiaux (BEL) came second and Silvie Rajfova (CZE) came third.

You can view the full results here at the IFSC website:

Graeme signed off by saying he had to rush off to a celebration.

Andy Earl is supported by Scarpa and E9.

IFSC = International Federation of Sport Climbing

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