Diane Merrick in the qualifiers of the bouldering world cupUKC News, 17 May 2010© British Bouldering TeamThe first Bouldering World Cup of the 2010 season took place in Greifensee Switzerland between 14th-15th May.  Seven members of the British Bouldering Team took part.   Stewart Watson put in an excellent performance and qualified for the semi-finals in 5th place and finished 10th overall.  On one of the blocs in the semi-final Stew slipped off whilst trying to match hands on the finishing hold, if he'd matched hands he would have qualified for the finals in 4th place.   Other excellent performances from members of the British Team include:  Mina Leslie-Wujastyk 25th Diane Merrick 27th Dave Barrans 30th The mens' final was won by the narrowest of margins by Austria's Killian Fischhuber who having tied with Adam Ondra in the final won on countback.  The womens' event was won by Alex Johnson of the USA.  For further details and a full set of results visit the IFSC website.Stewart Watson is showing an excellent run of form, just recently over the weekend 24th-25th April he finished 4th in an IFSC promotional event, the 'Kitz Rock Boulder Cup' in Kitzbuhel Austria.  Last Sunday he made a very impressive one day ascent of an 8c sport route called Der Schwarzer Schwan in the Austrian Tyrol.  Stewart was very close to flashing the route but fell near the top of the route but then managed to complete it on his first redpoint. For further details and photos of Stew competing in the Kitz Rock Boulder Cup visit his blog.The next World Cup event is in Wien in Austria at the end of May, seven members of the British Team are planning to attend. 

Mina Leslie-Wujastyk in the qualfiersUKC News, 17 May 2010© British Bouldering Team
Mina Leslie-Wujastyk in the qualfiersUKC News, 17 May 2010© British Bouldering Team

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