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REPORT ON-SIGHT 2005. THE 19TH ROCK MASTER FOR OFF TO A DAZZLING START AT ARCO.
One sole woman in comand of the Rock Master after the on-sight in Arco this afternoon: young Austrian Angela Eiter, current world champion and winner of all international climbing competitions in 2005. Once again Eiter is in the lead, firmly placing her sights in a hattrick third victory of the champions Master in Arco. She is trailed closely by an excellent Sandrine Levet; the French champion finished her outstanding run just 5 holds short of the top. Third equal are the young Austrian Katharina Saurwein and Olha Shalagina from the Ukraine. Jenny Lavarda from Italy gave it her all and placet fifth, and she is followed by Marietta Uhden from Germany, Alexandra Eyer from Switzerland and Maja Vidmar and Martina Cufar both from Slovenia.

In the men's competition an incredibile Evgueni Ovtichinnicov enchanted the thousands of spectators by climbing to within 5 moves from the finishing hold. The Russian really seems to have regained the form which secured him Rock Master victory in 1999 and 2000. Many tried to equal his performance, first and foremost the double World Champion Tomás Mrazek, who was forced to give up just a hair's breadth behind the Russian. Ramón Julián Puigblanque from Spain finished hot on his heels, just ahead of three times winner Alexandre Chabot. Flavio Crespi placed fifth equal together with this year's revelation, Jorg Verhoeven from Holland.

While the outcome in the women's round seems heavily in Angela Eiter's favour, victory in the men's event is a far more arduous task to predict. Any of the top six are well position to win the 2005 title, but Rock Master often holds surprises in store. It will, as always, be a fight to the final hold which exalts the Climbing Stadium crowd.

The appointment with the grand final is scheduled for tomorrow morning 10.00am, naturally at the Climbing Stadium for a great sporting spectacle.

Talking of which, the spectacle continues this evening at 20.30 with the vertical sprinters on the parallel Duel. From 22.00 onwards eyes then shift to the women's Sint Roc Boulder Contest.

photo: the crowd at Rock Master 2005 (ph Giulio Malfer)

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