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Korea and Russia leave mark on 2011 Ice Climbing season
01 Mar 2011
The 2011 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup, which ended on March 8 with competitions in Kirov, Russia, will be remembered for the entrance of Korea and its athletes on the world stage.
While Russian athletes continued to dominate the Speed discipline and perform strongly in Lead, all eyes were on the first event of the year held in January in Cheongsong, Korea since it was the first time the World Cup series had ever been held in Asia.
And Korean athletes did not disappoint the large crowds on hand for the memorable event. Hee Yong Park finished second in Lead behind Austria’s Markus Bendler and Woon Sheon Shin also placed second in women’s Lead after Russia’s Maria Tolokonina.
Park maintained his consistency in Lead with a third place finish in Saas Fee, Switzerland, second in Kirov, Russia and by winning the World Championship in Lead in Busteni, Romania. Not surprisingly, Park finished the season with the most overall points in Lead, unseating Bendler who was the overall winner in this category in 2009 and 2010.
In the women’s events, Shin was in the ascent in Lead, scoring two second place finishes (one in the World Championships) and a fourth to finish the season in third position overall, behind Russia’s Anna Gallyamova and the Czech Republic’s Lucie Hrozova.
The arrival on the scene of strong Korean athletes did not overshadow the dominating performances of Russia’s athletes, particularly in the Speed discipline. Pavel Batushev was the overall winner in the men’s category while Maria Tolokonina took the women’s crown.
In the Speed World Championships, held appropriately in Kirov, Russia, Pavel Gulyaev won in the men’s event and Maria Tolokonina took top honours among the women.
Read the full results of each of the four events held in 2011.
Lead and Speed
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