Ronnie O’Sullivan battled back from 5-3 down to beat Stuart Bingham 10-8 in the first Champion of Champions final. The five-time world champion took the £100,000 top prize after winning four of the last five frames at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. It was the ideal preparation for O’Sullivan, 37, before the UK Championship, which starts on Tuesday.
Belgian rock climber Muriel Sarkany has climbed her first 9a, Punt-X at the Gorges du Loup in France.
Former Lead World Champion and five times winner of the Lead World Cup Muriel Sarkany succeeded in climbing her first 9a yesterday with her repoint of Punt-X at the Gorges du Loup in southern France. The 39-year-old climber, who was a leading player in the competition scene between 1996 and 2009, won the Lead World Championship title in Chamonix in 2003 and the overall World Cup in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.
Jain Kim from Korean and Sachi Amma from Japan have won the women’s and men’s overall Lead World Cup for 2013, following the final stop on the circuit in Kranj, Slovenia, this past weekend. Neither climber won gold in Kranj – those went to Momoka Oda of Japan and Jakob Schubert of Austria – but both made finals, and their point totals were enough to give them the overall victories.
The seventh and penultimate stage of the Lead World Cup 2013 was won last night by Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic and Jain Kim from Korea. Valence in France: this was the stage chosen by Adam Ondra to celebrate his return to the Lead World Cup after three years of absence. And last night the 20-year-old from the Czech Republic could not have made a more convincing comeback, winning with the grit and class that enabled him, in 2009, to win the Lead World Cup in his debut year in senior competitions at a mere 16 years of age. Climbing in the packed Valence hall Ondra bisked up the intense route without the slightest hesitation and fell just below the very top, beating Canada’s Sean McColl by five holds and France’s Gautier Supper by six. Continue reading