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This year’s La Sportiva Legends Only at Klättercentret in Stockholm turned out even bigger and better than last year’s, with Canadian Sean McColl sealing the deal by doing the fifth and last problem exactly when he had to in order to beat Russian champ Dmitry Sharafutdinov.

Legends Only is an “after work” competition where the athletes have a two-three hour work session to figure out the problems the night prior to the competition. The problems are all in the V11 to V12+ range.

The work session didn’t give many clues about who was going win, as you can see in the video, with all climbers looking strong and with decent chances of doing all of the five problems.

The competition turned out very close with small but crucial mistakes making all the difference. In the end McColl ended up first ahead of Sharafutdinov, who made more attempts on the first problem. Both competitors did four out of the five problems.

Check out this footage for a behind the scenes look at this year’s La Sportiva Legends Only competition.

Results:

  1. Dmitry Sharafutdinov (RUS)
  2. Jakob Schubert (AUT)
  3. Guillaume Glairon-Mondet (FRA)
  4. Adam Ondra (CZE)

Story by Björn Pohl for UKClimbing.com.