2016 Bouldering World Championships | Preview

The grand finale of the IFSC Bouldering Season is here. This week Paris is hosting the Climbing World Championships and it will be the biggest event of the year.

The Bouldering World Cup may be over but climbers have one more gig before they can go on vacation. And for some of them, this is the competition they’ve been training for all year.

No that they didn’t care about the World Cups, but there are several of those each season. This is different. To be World Champion you only get one shot every 2 years.

For the French team, this is the event of the season and they’ve planned their training accordingly. They had really good results in 2012 (including Melanie Sandoz’s gold medal) and judging by their performances this year they can do even better this time.

Dmitry Sharafutdinov also puts special focus on the World Championships. He’s won three of them and he would love to do it again, 9 years after his first title. It won’t be easy, almots all the bouldering stars will be in Paris, including the current World Champion, Adam Ondra.

The venue was packed in 2012. I'm sure it will be again this time.

The venue was packed in 2012. I’m sure it will be again this time.

Some big names will be missing, though: Shauna Coxsey, Alex Puccio, Sol Sa and Jorg Verhoeven won’t compete due to injury.

Also, some others will focus on just one discipline, that’s the case of Jakob Schubert and Janja Garnbret, who will focus on lead despite being world class boulderers.

Among the obvious favorites, we find names like Jongwon Chon, Anna Stöhr, Megan Mascarenas, the Japanese Team (Noguchi, Nonaka, Fujii, Narasaki…), the French (Le Neve, Gibert, Bonder, Levier…) and of course the Russians (Rubtsov, Gelmanov, Sharafutdinov…). But the list goes on: McColl, Klingler, Coleman, Piccolruaz, Caulier, Saurwein…

Check the entire starting list here.

Route setters

Marc Daviet, from Switzerland, will be the chief route setter (Percy Bishton, from the UK, is the chief setter). He will be assisted by Reini Fichtinger and Jacky Godoffe.

Paris is in the UTC+2 time zone.

14 September
09:00 – Male Qualification
15 September
10:00 – Female Qualification
16 September
19:00 – Male Semifinal
17 September
09:00- Female Semifinal
17:30 – Male Final
18 September
12:00 – Female Final

I will publish videos from the qualifying rounds as soon as possible. Semis and finals will be streamed live at ifsc-climbing.org

Of course, this event isn’t just about bouldering. Over the next days, we’ll get to see the best Lead, Speed and Paraclimbing athletes competing. In this blog we will focus on the bouldering event, but if you want to know more about other disciplines you can check the official event website.

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