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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)
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