European Bouldering Championship 2013 – Qualifiers

The first round of the European Bouldering Championship took place today in Eindhoven. Hard problems for the women and noticeably easier ones for the men. Some surprises in the results but not that many; athletes are giving their 100%, they know in a championship there’s no room for error.

Vera Zijlstra celebrating after solving WQA3

Vera Zijlstra celebrates from the top of WQA3. She did the only ascent of the problem.

The European Bouldering Championship kicked off early in the morning with women’s qualifiers. From the start it was obvious that problems were quite hard. Witnessing climbers like Anna Stöhr, Juliane Wurm or Mina Markovic get shot down time and again is not frequent in a qualifying round. Some girls made semis without having sent a single problem (in group B 4 tops in 9 attempts was enough).

Regardless of the difficulty almost all the favorites made semis. The big exception is Olga Iakovleva, who sits in 26th place.

It also worth noting the impressive sent of WQA3 by local star Vera Zijlstra. She was the only climber capable of topping the problem. Shauna Coxsey and Katha Saurwein lead their groups with at least one top more than the rest.

After a break it was time for the guys. This time problems were clearly easier and several climbers topped all of them. In group A 3 flashes were needed to make semis, in group B you had to top 4 problems in 8 attempts.

Men’s side ended up having a few surprises in store. A few big names will miss the semis; for instance Kruder, Gullsten or Baumann.

The positive surprise is Michael Piccolruaz, a young Italian climber (he’s just 17!) who is in 3th place, ahead of people like Fischhuber or Gelmanov.

Semifinals tomorrow (today!) at 12am (GMT +2). Live at

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