Murphy ends 29-Month Title-wait

Shaun Murphy made a maximum 147 break as he won his first event in 29 months.
The former world champion beat Fergal O’Brien 4-1 in the final of the Gdynia Open in Poland on Sunday. The maximum, against Jamie Jones in the quarter-finals, was the third of the 31-year-old Englishman’s career and his second of the year.
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Ondra Repeats Sharma’s First Round, First Minute 9b

Adam Ondra has done the second ascent of First Round, First Minute at Margalef, Spain. The route was redpointed in April 2011 by Chris Sharma, and was featured in a Big Up video (see below). Although Sharma did not grade the route, Ondra said it was 9b (5.15b).
Ondra had tried the route at various times between 2011 and 2013, but this time he projected it, spending about a week in Margalef before redpointing. The route is only 25 moves long and intensely bouldery. “It’s pretty short or pretty long it just depends on how long you manage to stay on!” Ondra told “It definitely felt like a route, with the crux at the very top. While the individual moves aren’t that extreme say 7C boulder at the top having those 20 moves below obviously makes it feel a lot harder.”

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2014 Competition Climbing Season

The IFSC announced the schedule for the 2014 Sport Climbing Season. Kick off of the season will be on April 26th – 27th at the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Chongqing with Bouldering and Speed Climbing. The Bouldering season will run until late June, while the Speed season will continue on until mid-October. The Lead season will start later in the year, with the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Haiyang on June 20th-22nd, and will run through mid-November.

Ding Junhui in historic German Masters win over Judd Trump

Ding Junhui became the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1990-91 to win four ranking titles in a single season with a 9-5 victory over Judd Trump in the German Masters final.
The Chinese, 26, twice recovered from being two frames down to go into the mid-session interval at 4-4. Ding then rattled off five of the next six frames to seal victory in Berlin.
Ding’s win follows success in the Shanghai Masters, Indian Open and International Championship this season.

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