As always a tricky set of qualifying problems saw strong performances from the British team with Dave Barrans and Stewart Watson joining the top 20 climbers through to the semi-finals. Continuing his excellent run of form Stewart Watson battled a world class field to qualify for the finals in 3rd place. Dave Barrans narrowly missed the cut, finishing 8th overall with a slip on the final problem costing him one attempt, without which he would also have qualified for the final.
A brilliant final saw Stewart Watson finishing 4th overall, with eventual winner Killian Fischhuber battling Adam Ondra for top spot. The Women's final was won by Akiyo Noguchi of Japan.
Commenting on the IFSC website, Graeme Alderson described the finals:
"Kilian Fischhuber probably felt he had made it when he topped the third boulder, an intriguing traverse with a no foot move face to the public, but the battle was tough indeed, and the boulders too, since nr. 2 and 4 saw no top at all, and Adam Ondra is proving a fierce match also in bouldering. But Kilian's mastery of technique and force, as well as his experience, have so far kept Adam at bay, and this competition in Wien was no exception. Third on the podium the Russian Alexey Rubtsov.
The women's final run ended up with an all Asian podium, with Akiyo Noguchi topping 2 out of 4 in the lowest number of tries, and her young team mate Momoka Oda following closely in her steps, for her first podium in what was her debut at the World Cup. Third the Korean Kim Jain."
Other excellent performances by British Team members:
The next round of the world cup event is taking place in Vail (USA) on the 4-5th June. For further details and a full set of results visit the IFSC website.
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