2014 Bouldering World Championships – Semifinals

We’ve had a great semifinal round in Munich. The problems were hard (2 flashes were a direct ticket to finals) but doable, all of them were solved by more than one climber. Two big surprises: Kilian Fischhuber is out and Michaela Tracy is in finals.

The finalists are:

  1. Jan Hojer – Juliane Wurm
  2. Adam Ondra – Akiyo Noguchi
  3. Dmitry Sharafutdinov – Shauna Coxsey
  4. Tsukuru Hori – Michaela Tracy
  5. Guillaume Glairon Mondet – Alex Puccio
  6. Jernej Kruder – Melissa Le Neve

There are surprises in both categories. Miho Nonaka finished 15th, her worst result of the season. Kilian Fischhuber, one of the main favorites, is in 11th place. With so many world class climbers participating the list of people who couldn’t get in the top 6 is packed with climbing talent: Sean McColl, Mina Markovic, James Kassay, Monika Retschy, Mathias Conrad, Petra Klingler…

But the biggest surprise of the championships is a positive one. Michaela Tracy has made finals for the first time. The 23 year old is climbing strong and with confidence, getting ahead of a extremely strong competition.

This was her second semifinals ever and she will be climbing this evening surrounded by very experienced competitors: All the other female finalists have won at least 8 medals.

That aside, 4 climbers looked one step ahead of the rest: Juliane Wurm, Jan Hojer, Adam Ondra Dmitry Sharafutdinov.

Wurm got 4 tops and 5 attempts, she was the only climber capable of topping all the problems. Sharafutdinov did one his demonstrations of pure strength when he flashed the hardest problem of the round, making it look easy.

Here’s the replay:

Full results (women)
Full results (men)

Finals at 18:30 (UTC+2). Live at ifsc-climbing.org

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