In an exciting season finale, world-class Bouldering athletes battled wind and rain on Friday and competed before a sold-out crowd on Saturday at the famous Olympiapark in Munich, Germany.
The first problem of the women’s final was powerful, with slaps on large features and a crux dyno. Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey, who clinched the season Bouldering title at IFSC World Cup Navi Mumbai, and Akiyo Noguchi of Japan flashed the problem. Slovenian Janja Garnbret took the lead on W2, solving a cumbersome start and dramatically sticking the final move for her second straight top. W3 featured another challenging start, which only The World Games champion Stasa Gejo conquered. Garnbret secured the victory in Munich by working through the dynamic crux of the final problem for her third top. She placed second in the women’s season Bouldering rankings. Coxsey flashed W4 for a Silver medal, and Noguchi placed third in Munich and third in the season rankings with her quick ascent of W1.
The men’s final began with a technical slab. All the finalists topped the problem, including Korean Jongwon Chon who had clinched the season Bouldering title in semi-finals. Jan Hojer of Germany took the lead with the sole top of M2, a powerful and dynamic problem. Every finalist connected the precise moves and stuck the concluding lateral dyno of M3. Needing one final top to secure the victory, the home crowd went wild when Hojer matched on the last hold. Tomoa Narasaki of Japan placed second in Munich and second in the men’s season Bouldering rankings. His teammate Taisei Ishimatsu placed third by one attempt. Russian star Aleksei Rubtsov missed the finals cut but placed third in the rankings.
Japanese athletes competed exceptionally all season long and defended first place in the Bouldering team rankings with over twice as many points as the next country. Great Britain and Slovenia, also strong teams in 2017, placed second and third, respectively.
Friday 18th August
07:00 Men Qualifications
17:00 Women Qualifications
Saturday 19th August
10:00 Semi-Finals (LIVE)
18:00 Finals (LIVE)
21:45 Awarding Ceremony (LIVE)