Meiringen Bouldering World Cup 2017 | Qualifiers

Dynamic and fun qualifiers in Meiringen. Lots of tops, especially for the men. Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi are just out of semis in 21st position. Kokoro Fujii, Sergii Topishko, Shauna Coxsey and Janja Garnbret lead the board.

Despite sharing the same chief route setter, the qualifiers in Meiringen 2017 couldn’t be more different than those of last year. If the 2016 edition was all about slow, dicey climbing, today we saw a lot of powerful and dynamic moves.

There were slabs and insecure sequences, for sure, but the overall feel was completely different, which goes to show how versatile and creative these setter are (same wall, same chief setter, very different round).

All problems were climbed by several climbers. 10 guys go to semis with 5 tops. Among them Thilo Schröter, 21 year old from Norway, who made his first senior semifinal in style, he’s in 3rd place tied with Alexey Rubtsov.

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Thilo Schröter on his way to semis

On the female side Shauna Coxsey and Janja Garnbret looked very strong but not too far ahead of Miho Nonaka, Petra Klingler and Stasa Gejo.

The big surprise of the day is Tomoa Narasaki and Akiyo Noguchi’s results. Both climbed well but made mistakes that proved costly. Both are out of semis in the dreaded 21st place.

Other big names that couldn’t make the top 20 are Sean McColl, Rustam Gelmanov, Julija Kruder, Leah Crane, Jeremy Bonder, Jakob Schubert, Tyler Landman, Michael Piccolruaz or Daniel Woods.

Update: Anna Stöhr is also out of semis! Somehow I managed to miss that.

Great results for the Japanese team (surprise!), a quarter of the male qualifiers will be Japanese climbers.

Check the results here: men & women.

Semis tomorrow at 11 am (CET). Live on youtube, for free! (IFSC’s last minute decision).

Update 2: Highlights from the IFSC

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