European Bouldering Championship 2013 – Semifinals

The Top 6 climbers that will battle for the European Championship have been decided this morning in Endhoven. Some favorites have missed the train, some underdogs are still standing.

Jorg Verhoeven climbing during the semifinals

Jorg Verhoeven during the semifinals

The fantastic route setting duo Percy Bishton-Jacky Godoffe offered really nice problems today. All of them were solved but they were hard to flash. It was quite difficult to predict who would solve what.

Finalists (men): Kilian Fischhuber, Guillaume Glairon Mondet, Michael Piccolruaz, Stefan Danker, Jakob Schubert, Dmitry Sharafutdinov

Finalists (women): Mina Markovic, Monika Retschy, Anna Stöhr, Melanie Sándoz, Anna Gallyamova, Ekaterina Andreeva

Some quick notes:

  • Impressive performance by Mina Markovic, only competitor with 4 tops. She looked focused and strong.
  • Second final ever for Monika Retschy, she made finals in China (first comp of the season) and now on the EBC (last comp of the season).
  • Second final ever for Stefan Danker as well (he was 4th in Canmore, Canada, in 2011).
  • The youngster Michael Piccolruaz, only 17 years old, has made finals and sits in an impressive 3rd place.
  • Shauna Coxsey and Rustam Gelmanov, two obvious favorites, have ended up in the unholy 7th place, just out of finals.
  • Dutch star Jorg Verhoeven is out of finals in 8th place.
  • Two Russian girls, Anna Gallyamova and Ekaterina Andreeva, have made finals for the first time this season.

Finals at 6pm (GMT +2). Live at ifsc-climbing.org

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