Rainer, Tomilov Win Ice Climbing World Championships

World Cup kicks off in Korea

Angelika Rainer in action     Photo: Courtesy of UIAA

Russian Alexey Tomilov and Italian Angelika Rainer won the Ice Climbing World Championships this week, triumphing over a stiff field in Cheongsong, South Korea.

In a close men's final, Tomilov beat out Ukraine's Valentyn Sypavin to secure his place at the top. (Tomilov's brother Maxim, the 2011 world champion, was notably absent from the final after falling in the semi-final round.)

On the women's side of the competition, Rainer squeezed by Russian climber Anna Gallyamova, who topped out the route, but finished 40 seconds slower than her. The victory is the third for Rainier, who also finished on top in 2009 and 2011.

This year's world championships double as the first stage of the Ice Climbing World Cup, a five-stage competition organized by the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) that pits the world's most technically-skilled ice climbers against one another. The tour's next stop will be in Rabenstein, Italy, on January 26 and 27.

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