This time they were tears of joy for Maria Tolokonina.
After an underperformance in the qualifying round that left her frustrated and a semi-final climb that placed her in the lead, Russia's Maria Tolokonina won the Women's Lead final in dramatic fashion in literally the final seconds.
Russian climber Maria Tolokonina was in tears after her climb.
The Russian champion who came second to Angelika Rainer as the overall leader in last year’s UIAA Ice Climbing Tour will qualify for the semi-finals despite her sub-par performance. What worries her and others is how her final standing in the semi-finals might be affected if she’s tied with somebody who has a better time-score from the qualification round.
The first stage of the 2013 UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour concluded today before thousands of cheering spectators in Cheongsong, South Korea with winners and final results announced in the Lead and Speed competition.