2013 Munich Bouldering World Cup – Qualifiers

The last World Cup of the season has kicked off in Munich’s Olympic Stadium. The qualifiers have taken place today leaving some big names out of semifinals. The competition ends tomorrow with the semis in the morning and the final round in the evening.

A sunny day, a good location and a eye-catching sport combined today to make the qualification round of the 2013 Munich Bouldering World Cup a success in terms of crowd size. The venue had a sizable audience in the morning and a much bigger one in the afternoon, when the German star Jule Wurm started her qualifying round.

Competitors during the qualifying round

Climbers during the qualifying round

Manuel Hassler prepared a varied menu for each group and everyone had his share of slabs, dynos, crimping and pushing. Every single problem was solved but just one guy (Fischhuber) and 2 girls (Noguchi and Puccio) could solve 5 problems.

On men’s side, two of the top dogs this year didn’t make it to semis: Jorg Verhoeven and Guillaume Glairon Mondet. Along with them, climbers of the likes of Lukas Ennemoser, Stefan Danker, Tsukuru Hori or Klemen Bechan are out.

Much brighter performances were those offered by Chris Webb-Parsons, who has had a pretty weak year but looked well in form today, and Philip Ratjczak, a German first-timer who sits in 7th place.

Chris Web-Parsons climbing in Munich

Chris Webb-Parsons making his way to semis

The female round had less surprises. Petra Klingler did really well ending up second of her group, just behind the impressive Shauna Coxsey. Also, Jenny Lavarda proved once again how much of an all-around climber she is (aside from crushing in bouldering she’s also a world-class lead and ice climber) and sits on 6th place.

And it’s worth mentioning the fact that Anna Stöhr is in 19th place, barely making it into semis. It must be hard to give your 100% when you know that with 0% you are still the Overall Champion.

The other Overall Champion, Dmitry Sharafutdinov, dind’t seem to have any problems whatsoever. The Russian team as a whole did really well, 8 Russians made semifinals, leaving just one teammate behind.

A climber upsidedown

One of the most spectacular problems in the Qualification round

Full results (men)

Full results (women)

Semifinals tomorrow at 11:30 (GMT+2).

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