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Russians dominate in Lead with Tomilov brothers and Tolokonina in Chelongsong
hen Alexey Tomilov made his final move to pass the high point of Park Hee Yong (Korea) he not only became the first male finalist to top the Lead wall, but he also guaranteed that the 2014 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup start in Cheongsong would be an all Russian affair.
Only his brother Maxim Tomilov was left to compete, and with Maxim slipping just below the top, Alexey finally won a Gold that has eluded him for several years.
Earlier, neither Shin WoonSeon (Korea) or Angelika Rainer (Italy), although they topped the wall, were able to catch up to the blistering 6 minutes and 13 second top set by Maria Tolokonina in the Women’s Lead finals.
Rainer, who was trying to defend her title she won in Cheongsong last year came in third place while Park placed third among the men.
Among those that had problems on the Lead wall were Lucie Hrozova, who fell 1/4 of the way through her climb on the third clip, and Nikolay Kuzovlev who came in to the finals in third placing, hoping to replicate his Gold medal speed rush – but stumbled.
Final standings in Lead