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Month: December 2013

Akiyo Noguchi Finishes First 8c+ with Mind Control

Japanese climber Akiyo Noguchi has joined the elite group of women to have climbed 8c+ with an ascent of Mind Control in Oliana, Spain. This was her first of the grade.
The 24-year-old completed Mind Control, a Chris Sharma route, in only five attempts.
This route is popular among women, with at least five other climbers like Sasha DiGiulian, Daila Ojeda, Nina Caprez, and more having ticked the line.
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UK Snooker Championship 2013: Robertson beats Selby

Neil Robertson became only the eighth player in snooker history to win the Triple Crown with a 10-7 victory over Mark Selby at the UK Championship. Robertson, 31, fought back from 5-1 down to add the title to his World Championship and Masters triumphs. “To become the first overseas player to win all three is a fantastic feeling,” the Australian told.
Selby, the 2012 UK Championship winner, missed the chance to overtake Robertson as world number one. Robertson won the World Championship in 2010 and the Masters – the game’s most prestigious invitational event – at Alexandra Palace last year, while his UK Championship victory is his ninth ranking title.

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Selby makes 100th 147 break in Snooker history

Mark Selby made the 100th 147 break in the history of professional snooker on his way to beating Ricky Walden 9-5 in his UK Championship semi-final. Defending champion Selby, 30, led 4-2 at the time in the best-of-17 match. He lost position after potting the final pink but managed to roll the black into the middle pocket to complete his second maximum clearance. Selby can reclaim the world number one ranking from Neil Robertson if he beats the Australian in Sunday’s final.
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Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon and father of modern South Africa, dies

Freedom fighter, prisoner, moral compass and South Africa’s symbol of the struggle against racial oppression. That was Nelson Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead his country out of decades of apartheid.

He died Thursday night at age 95.

His message of reconciliation, not vengeance, inspired the world after he negotiated a peaceful end to segregation and urged forgiveness for the white government that imprisoned him.

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” Mandela said after he was freed in 1990.

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Ondra completes third 9b+

The 20-year-old Czech climber Adam Ondra has redpointed his third 9b+ (5.15c) first ascent, this time in his home country. Ondra spent 20 to 25 days over two years working on Vasil Vasil at Sloup, a limestone crag near Brno, his home town.
“It’s definitely not a mega line,” Ondra wrote on his scorecard. “It is painful, short, and in dirty place. But it was there. I bolted it five years ago, and I couldn’t leave it unclimbed.”
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La Sportiva Legends Only 2013

The third La Sportiva Legends Only 2013 have been taking place at Stockholm in Sweden.
This year the international masters hosts six of the world’s strongest climbers:
Alexander Megos and Jan Hojer from Germany, Nalle Hukkataival from Finland, Sean McColl from Canada, Dmitry Sharafutdinov from Russia and James Webb from the USA.
Yesterday the athletes had three hours to work on the 4 porblems set by a Swedish team together with France’s Melissa Le Nevé.

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