posted by dpm on 07/25/2011
Yesterday, the World Championships in Arco, Italy came to an end. Most notable for the Americans was Sasha Digiulians first place finish in the combined category. The combined ranking incorporates the results from all three main events: boulder, lead, and speed. Sasha placed 2nd in bouldering, 8th in lead, and 52nd in speed. For the men, Adam Ondra took the honors after placing 2nd in bouldering, 3rd in lead, and interestingly...last in speed. I say 'interestingly' because Adam is known for his speed and fluidity on the rock.
Sasha Digiulian competing at the World Championships in Arco. Photo: arco2011.it
In the national rankings, Austria took first in the lead event while Russia took first in both bouldering and speed. Of course, that meant that the powerhouse Russians took first in the overall national team ranking. Read the Arco2011 report on the combined competitions here.
The Russian team. Photo: arco2011.it
The final event at Arco is the much anticipated duel event in which two climbers race to the top of side by side identical routes. Adam Ondra took first for the men and Yana Chereshneva took first for the women. Our own Sasha Digiulian came agonizingly close to winning the duel as well. She lost to Johanna Ernst by a narrow margin in the semifinal and took the bronze. Read the full Arco2011 report here.