|REPORT FINAL 2005. ROCK MASTER VICTORY FOR ANGELA EITER AND RAMON JULIEN PUIGBLANQUE.
| Angela Eiter from Austria and Ram˛n Julien Puigblanque from Spain win the 19th Rock Master 2005.
One of the most beautiful pages in Rock Master history was written
today in front of a fantastic crowd in Arco, Italy. This climbing and
outdoor haven celebrated its twentieth competition anniversary this
weekend, and the show it put on display was definitely up to the
standards of the most famous and longest running climbing competition
in the world.
Angela Eiter and Ram˛n Julien Puigblanque interpreted the event like no
other, the Trophy justly belongs to them. The nineteen year old from
Austria produced and exalting climb, ascending the after work route
with impressive ease in front of the enthusiastic crowd. In a repeat
performance on Saturday's onsight, Eiter proved to be the only athlete
capable of completing the after work route. This is now the third Rock
Master victory in a row for the reigning World Champion (and true
phenomenon of female competition climbing), guaranteeing her a
privileged position amongst the all time greats of this sport. The
French star Sandrine Levet climbed intensely, truly giving it her all
before falling just beneath the finishing holds to place second. The
World Bouldering Champion Olha Shalagina from the Ukraine placed third,
whilst Maja Vidmar made an excellent comeback from provisional eighth
place to place fourth.
In the men's competition it was the twentyfive year old Spaniard Ram˛n
Julien Puigblanque who best interpreted the redpoint route set by
Leonardo Di Marino and Donato Lella. A careful dosage of rhythm and
speed took him higher than the rest of the field, guaranteeing him gold
in his fourth Rock Master participation. In doing so he beat Evgueni
Ovtichinnicov, provisional first after yesterday's on-sight, and the
double World Champion Tomasz Mrazek from the Czech Republic. Current
World Cup leader Flavio Crespi placed fourth and was rewarded with the
Roberto Bassi Trophy for the best Italian athlete two years running.
Jorg Verhoeven from The Netherlands placed fourth equal with Crespi.
Rock Master 2005 was a truly great event, with the Climbing Stadium
packed like never before. The athletes were applauded by not only the
spectators but also by previous champions who have written important
chapters into the Arco history books. Lynn Hill, Patrick Edlinger,
Franšois Legrand and Stefan Glowacz all contributed in celebrating
these first 20 years, and once again the celebration confirmed Arco and
the Valle del Sarca's place as the world climbing center.
The Rock Master Association thanks the Arco Town Council, the
Autonomous Province of Trento and the Cassa Rurale dellĺAlto Garda
Trento without whom it would be impossible to carry out the Rock
Master. Furthermore, thanks goes to the Guardia di Finanza, the
Carabinieri and the Associazione Arco Climbing for their fundamental
support. And due thanks must also be made to the technical sponsors: La
Sportiva, Cassin and The North Face.
Photo: Angela Eiter (ph Giulio Malfer)