MEN RETURN FOR SEOUL BOULDER QUALIFICATION
After rained stopped play yesterday for the men’s Boulder qualification at the IFSC World Cup Seoul, the 87 athletes returned to the Jungnang Sport Climbing Stadium to see who would make it into the top 20 and be in with a chance for a medal.
The home nation fans had lots to cheer as Dohyun Lee topped qualification and is joined in the next round by Jongwon Chon who sits in ninth.
IFSC World Cup Hachioji winner, France’s Mejdi Schalck, is still in contention to double up his golden tally at the start of the 2023 series going through in joint first position with Lee - the athletes were split into two groups for qualification.
Another Hachioji medallist joining Schalck is Belgium’s Hannes Van Duysen, however French teammate Paul Jenft just misses out in 21st position.
An athlete the other side of that thin line is USA’s Sean Bailey who sat in the crowd to see if his efforts would be enough to progress: “It was stressful, but it was good. I climbed well. It was a bit of nerve racking one because after my round I felt really confident because I climbed pretty well, but there was a lot of strong guys in my group.
“The more I was watching and the closer I was getting to that tenth spot, it was turning into a bit of a nail-biter, but it worked out so I’m stoked.”
Due to the men’s postponement yesterday, both the men’s and women’s semi-finals take place at 18:00 (UTC+9:00) and will award the final rankings and medals for the IFSC World Cup Seoul 2023.
Full result's of men's Boulder qualification can be found here
News and updates about the events will be available on the IFSC website, and on the Federation’s digital channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and specifically for the Chinese audience, Douyin and Weibo.
Sean Bailey of USA in men's Boulder qualification action
Photo: Dimitris Tosidis / IFSC