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Sarah Hueniken Podiums at White Cliff Comp

Sarah Hueniken was the only Canadian to place in the top three for men or women at the 2015 Red Bull White Cliffs comp.

The unique competition is held on Oct. 3 and 4 at Scratchell’s Bay, Isle of Wight, where the overhanging chalk cliffs stand 115 metres tall.

The Red Bull White Cliffs comp took place during the first week of October. Photo Red Bull
The 2015 Red Bull White Cliffs Competition. Photo Red Bull

The winners of this year’s competition are U.K. climber Tim Emmett, who now lives in Squamish, and Italian climber Ange Rainer.

A stoked Sarah Hueniken celebrates after making podium at the Red Bull White Cliffs comp.
A stoked Sarah Hueniken celebrates after making podium at the Red Bull White Cliffs comp. Photo Tim Emmett @timemmett

Emmett, who has not competed on the international stage for ice or mixed climbing for years, won against some of the world’s top comp climbers. “It’s such a brilliant opportunity to climb with some of the best climbers in the world,” said Emmett, adding that he was glad to win for the UK.

His speed time was 16 minutes and 48.7 seconds, which was only 3.2 seconds faster than French climber Jeff Mercier.

Last year’s winner Aleksei Tomilov finished eight seconds behind in third place.

Rainier finished two-and-a-half minutes ahead of Korea’s HanNaRai Song. In third with a time of 29 minutes and 36 seconds was Canadian Sarah Hueniken.

Canadians Gord McArthur and Will Gadd also competed at the Red Bull comp.

Watch highlights from the 2014 Redbull White Cliffs: