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2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup #2 – Baku

May 4, 2014 3 comments

The 2nd stop of the 2014 IFSC Bouldering World Cup was in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Rewatch the Final:

Finals Rundown

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Women’s 1

Mina at the top of WF1

Mina at the top of WF1

Move right to that yellow jib on the bottom of the bottom visible triangle in the pic above, drop knee, cross left to top of two slopers, match right in on bottom sloper, high left foot, right hand up to bonus, high left heel, cross to volume edge, match, pop to last hold.

Mina Markovic came out first and climbed beautifully to the bonus, then fell trying to cross to the volume edge above her on her way to the final hold. Next go she got a higher, more secure heel, got the volume edge, and still struggled a bit before finally just jumping to the end.

Mina trying to figure out the end.

Mina trying to figure out the end.

Mina in position for the jump. She underclung the volume to get her left heel out so she could jump.

Mina in position for the jump. She underclung the volume to get her left heel out so she could jump.

Jump!

Jump!

This last two moves seemed to be the biggest difference in the problem, with taller girls jumping immediately and the shortest competitors (Mina and Jule) both falling. The hold seemed decent once they jumped to it.

Jule fell first go, then second go jumping to the final hold when she seemed to miss it. Meanwhile on the Men’s problem Killian flashed, and someone reset the clock, so after Jule’s second fall she had to sit around for several minutes while they figured out what was going on. As soon as she could climb again she hiked the problem and the last move looked a little desperate but she caught it.

Shauna rocking the dropknee 2nd move.

Shauna rocking the dropknee 2nd move.

In comparison, Akiyo just pulled up and moved to the last move slowly without her feet cutting til she had it. Anna and Shauna both quickly thugged through the problem.

Alex got bonus and finished the problem 2nd try.

Alex staring down the end.

Alex staring down the end.

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 Men’s Final 1

Kokoro in the middle.

Kokoro in the middle.

Rock left and double dyno to two holds, the higher of which was the bonus. Left hand out, high right foot, right hand up to volume, perch and stab for final pocket.

Again, seemed like the shorter guys suffered a bit more. The first move was sort of a one-two dyno to two holds on the arete. First out, Kokoro Fujii took eight tries to do the first move, but once he did it he finished the problem just after time ran out.

Kokoro at the top.

Kokoro at the top.

French climber Jeremy Bonder took four goes. Jan Hojer hiked it, skipping a hold. Kilian fell once, then hiked it. Both the Russians went static right hand cross first, then crossed up to the bonus and matched it before continuing. Both flashed.

Dmitrii going right hand first.

Dmitrii going right hand first.

Rustam matching the jib.

Rustam matching the jib.

Rustam grabbing the volume.

Rustam grabbing the volume.

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Women’s Final 2

Shauna matching the triangle.

Shauna matching the triangle.

Big volumes. High start, jump feet up to high left foot, rock left, match, up left again to bonus, cross to high triangle, match to get left hand on the part with the thumb catch, right thrutch to the finish off. Last move off a right foot or keeping feet out left and swing-jumping, which is what most people did for success.

Mina fell at the top and didn’t finish.

Anna flashed.

Shauna flashed with what looked like a knee scum and then a beautiful backen-heel at the top. When she got down she pointed out a loose hold to the judges.

Shauna backen-heeling to the finish.

Shauna backen-heeling to the finish.

Akiyo looked extremely uncomfortable at the top and fell off the last move after looking like she couldn’t quite get up over the right foot. Fell again somewhere or before that. Next try she moved faster at the top and grabbed the top hold to finish.

Akiyo setting up for the last move.

Akiyo setting up for the last move.

Jule flashed.

Alex hiked her way through the bottom, then moved too quickly to the last hold and just missed it. Fell there again. Fell in middle. Bummed.

Alex in the middle.

Alex in the middle.

Alex moving to the triangle.

Alex moving to the triangle. She matched it and fell moving up right to the last hold.

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Men’s Final 2

Jeremy working through the middle.

Jeremy working through the middle.

Big circle volumes, awkward looking leftward moves with a huge left foot triangle and a slippery looking mantle at the top. Start with a hand and nearby heel up right, lower left hand and low left foot. Cross right to hold on volume. Left to the side of the volume and/or again to the left wall, swing left, move up left with big triangle feet, get highest volume, mantle to stand on it, lean over in terror to the finish.

Kokoro flashed to bonus, then fell from mantle and didn’t finish.

Jan flashed.

Jeremy got up past bonus first go, then fell trying to get up on the 2nd to highest volume. Next go matched it and fell trying to get on the highest volume for the mantle. He sat on the right foot and thrutched for it and got a good handful, but then didn’t stick and slowly slid off.

Jeremy rocking up to the bonus.

Jeremy rocking up to the bonus, trying not to slide off.

Dmitrii flashed.

Dmitrii at the top

Dmitrii at the top. His method was scary but it worked. He mantled on top of the ball and then leaned.

Kilian fell first go moving up to the highest volume (the bonus hold) when his heel slipped. Next go he used his toe and a knee scum, pulled against the no friction to get up, scored for bonus, then instead of mantling just tried to lean right to grab the finish as Jan did. He couldn’t quite reach and fell off again. Next go he did the same sequence, stood somehow a bit taller, touched the hold, threw a high left foot, crossed over and touched the finish hold with his other hand to score his top. Crazy.

Kilian in the middle.

Kilian in the middle.

Kilian topping.

Kilian topping.

Rustam fell first go on the same moves up to the highest circle volume that were giving everyone else trouble. 2nd go was the same thing. That hold looks super slippery and, as the announcers said, the shorter climbers had a real problem with those moves. Rustam fell again (I think). And again. Couldn’t get onto the volume. It looked like the bad but high right foot was the beta for establishing on that volume.

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Women’s Final 3

Anna matching the sloper with the thumb undercling.

Anna matching the sloper with the thumb undercling. She’s riding a good right heel here.

Big volume, swing left to crimp on volume, heel, under-thumb jib on a 2nd volume, match it (where Anna is above), tiny painful looking crimps, can flip thumb to undercling, and a high foot rock up and left,  balance to match the bad finish jib.

First go Mina, probably one of the best crimpers on the planet, got to the top but couldn’t manage to do the last move off two holds that the announcer described as nothing. Next go she moved left and got her foot up before standing to those holds, then rocked left to the finish.

Mina pinching the thumb.

Mina pinching the thumb and staring down the bonus.

Mina rocking onto her foot.

Mina rocking onto her foot.

Mina on the bad holds "crimping on the Top 30 logo" as the announcers said.

Mina on the bad holds “crimping on the Top 30 logo” as the announcers said.

Anna flashed.

Anna standing up nicely.

Anna standing up nicely.

Shauna flashed.

Akiyo flashed.

Akiyo standing it up

Akiyo standing it up

Jule flashed. The wind was blowing her ponytail straight out right the whole time. must have been strange to compete like that.

Alex trying to campus to the feet. She did, and tried all 3, but none were good enough.

Alex trying to campus to the feet. She did, and tried all 3, but none were good enough.

Alex did the first couple of moves, then fell moving left. Fell on 2nd move. 3rd go hit 2nd hold, swung left heel up to get higher volume and match it, then fell trying to hit bonus. It looked like she couldn’t sit on the left heel. Next go went with right foot again like everyone else, shifted over to left toe, foot slipped as she hit the bonus and off. Didn’t score for it. Announcer said she’s trying to grab the bonus, when really it is is super slick and should just be touched as you sit on your foot before moving out left. Next go she tried to skip the high volume by campusing to the feet. She got to all of them but none was good enough and she dropped. Last go she got up high on the volume, realized that wasn’t going to work, tried to bump back down and fell. No bonus.

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Men’s Final 3

Jeremy trying to get set for the last move.

Jeremy trying to get set for the last move.

Jumpy first move (at least for shorter competitors) to two flat triangles put together to make sort of a space ship looking thing. Left side is better. Match and float feet right to clamp volume. Shuffle hands right. Stand into undercling triangle volume, feet up on space ship, balancy in control reach to top, which is a bad jib on a volume on top of the wall–kinda cool.

Kokoro kept jumping to the middle and had trouble sticking it. No bonus. It looked like he might have been able to jump to the left side like Jeremy did and it would have been easier to stick.

Jan staticing the first move.

Jan staticing the first move.

Jan nearly staticed but couldn’t quite reach. Did a tiny jump to stick the space ship, kept getting thwarted on the next move. Next goes he basically staticed the first move, then lifted off and moved feet right to clamp feet on a volume and match the space ship. From there he looked very scrunched and fell several times, sort of trying to mantle but unable to move up from there. He did get the bonus point for grabbing the undercling triangle on his first go.

Jan matching feet with a bicycle.

Jan matching feet with a bicycle.

Jeremy fell, fell, stuck but fell rocking his feet over. Stuck, matched, feet over, after some finagling managed to stand into the bonus hold (triangle volume undercling on a triangle volume) tried to stand up to the last move to the top but shot straight out backwards instead.

Jeremy pressing into the undercling.

Jeremy pressing into the undercling.

Did beginning again, fell on undercling. Last go managed to get a knee jammed in, had a good guppy right hand on the top volume and underling right, twisted towards the top several times trying to generate but it the end it was too awkward and he fell. If he had finished this still would have been in 5th.

Dmitrii flashed the problem easily.

Dmitrii making the match at the top of 4.

Dmitrii making the match at the top of 4.

Kilian fell on the first move. He fell again after matching the space ship. Seems like hitting it in the middle is bad because you swing off. Establishing on the left, then shifting right, seems to be working better. Also, right and middle of the space ship are in the sun. Fell again. Fell again. No bonus.

Rustam hiked the problem on his first try.

Rustam matching the top of 4.

Rustam matching the top of 4. Under toe for security so he doesn’t swing out as he matches.

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Women’s 4

Mina at the start.

Mina at the start.

Volume blocked by another volume for the start, move right to big teardrop volume, foot jam, delicate match on top of it (apparently very slippery), rock up left to two jibs on a volume, one is bonus. Rock left on bad foot to gaston, press into it and match, up right cross to another volume at the top. The start feet are both out right so the sequence was put left foot on, right foot on (now you are established off the ground) then flag left foot out left to do the move. This caused some problems, as you will see below.

Mina pressing into the gaston.

Mina pressing into the gaston. She fell here her first try.

Mina’s 2nd go she got into the gaston and pressed to match it but couldn’t get to the last hold. She wanted to go left but knew she couldn’t reach. Finally she moved up right hand and got it, but was stuck under the volume and fell trying to get a foot up so she could match.

Anna went left to the last hold (like Mina kept trying to do but couldn’t reach) and flashed easily.

Shauna has to flash. She gets on, does 1st move, matches bonus, drops. What? The judge called her off saying she didn’t start with her feet properly. She gets back on, does the proper foot touch, and finishes the boulder left hand first. Does it count as a flash? If so, the announcer says, she wins. UPDATE: Announcer says she was called down for dabbing (touching the mat with her foot as she pulled off on her 1st attempt) so it counts as a try and puts her in 2nd. That is crushing for Shauna. This would have been her first gold. Announcer says she did contest it when she got pulled off, said she didn’t dab, so we’ll see what happens if they do a video check or something. UPDATE 2: In the only angle for the live feed they replayed Shauna’s start and though you can’t see her foot she does seem to dab and pull back up. It also looked like someone (not the judges) called for the judges to call her off. The whole thing is less than ideal. UPDATE 3: A kind commenter (see below) has said that most likely an IFSC Judge was helping the problem judges as they were local and inexperienced. Makes sense, and thanks to him for the clarification. Also, it’s important to note here that there was a lot of complaining about the live feed in the live comment box and on Facebook, but those of us who watch these should be grateful there was any video at all as it seems the conditions were challenging on many fronts. The weather alone looked like it was exhausting. Thanks to the IFSC, Top 30, and everyone else for making the feed happen.

Akiyo flashes pretty easily. Left hand static to finish like Anna and Shauna.

Akiyo staticing the last move.

Akiyo staticing the last move.

Jule gets called off her first go same as Shauna. Next go she gets to the top. The last move looks quite reachy for her but she gets it 1st go with her right hand like Mina, but instead of falling works her right hand up til she can let go with her feet and left hand and hang match. She did this by pushing up against the right foot and riding the left hand undercling until her right hand was draped over the top, more positive angle on the volume.

Jule at the top.

Jule at the top. Her right hand is high enough she can let go with her left.

Alex unfortunately is in last already, which much be terrible for her as she’s been in first for the whole comp so far, flashing all the qualis and winning semis as well. She looks done already here and falls on the first move of the problem. Next go she gets to bonus and then falls reaching for the gaston. Next go she does 1st move and falls matching the volume. Next go she’s back up to bonus, chalks on the volume, gets up to last move as time runs out, falls jumping right to last hold. Ends up in 6th. For some reason the IFSC site (and the result below) hasn’t yet given her credit for the 4th problem bonus, but she definitely grabbed it so I’m not sure what’s up with that.

Alex on bonus setting up for the rock left.

Alex camping out on bonus and setting up for the rock left. She got the gaston, pressed into it, and fell off the last move.

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Men’s 4

Kilian trying to hold the spin out on MF4.

Kilian trying to hold the spin out on MF4.

Hard pull on to establish on a volume, stand up into a corner roof, lean way out to a bonus, cross to a volume with a thumb catch, two triangle volumes, bad volume final hold so you have to keep your feet on and stay in.

Kokoro didn’t get scored for bonus (or it wasn’t yet updated) but he seems to have grabbed it.

So close! May not have held it long enough to be scored for it.

So close! Kokoro must not have held the bonus long enough to be scored for it.

Jan got up nicely through the bonus on his 2nd try, got out around the corner, then slipped grabbing the next volume. He rested a long time, then got up into the roof and slipped just as the timer ran out. Bummer.

Pressing into the roof.

Pressing into the roof.

Ugh.

Ugh.

Jan getting bonus.

Jan getting bonus.

Jan coming around the corner off the bonus.

Jan coming around the corner off the bonus.

Jan trying a heel for the next move.

Jan trying a heel for the next move. He went up right but fell off.

Jeremy is pressing up into the corner by rocking over the left foot and pressing right hand up (instead of matching like Jan did).

Jeremy going right only into the roof.

Jeremy going right only into the roof.

Like Shauna on the women’s problem, Jeremy also seems to be having some issue with the judges, maybe a loose hold that the setter is reinforcing with another screw. Jeremy gets a little more rest out of it. Now Jeremy is back on but he can’t seem to hold the 2nd hold. He’s it it several times right hand as a gaston and fell. Jan hit it left and matched, which looked better. He finally gets it, then falls rocking on left foot. The buzzer buzzed but who knows how much time he has left–the technical threw the clock off again, at least on the live feed. Back on, does the 2nd move better, rocks over the foot, stands into the corner right hand again, may have finally hit time out, falls out of the corner right after. No bonus.

Dmitrii climbs through the bottom crossing left to the 2nd hold and matching like Jan, gets bonus, comes out around corner, campuses left to triangles (instead of right like Jan tried) brings his right hand up to match in compression but falls off instead. Next go campuses up left again, slows down to control it which he does, but falls trying to stick the right hand when he grabs the other triangle. Next go falls in the roof, looks like he says it’s tweaky on his arm and he’s done.

Dmitrii held this swing but couldn't get right hand up.

Dmitrii held this swing but couldn’t get right hand up.

Kilian got through the bottom, then, like Dmitrii, struggled to hold the left triangle and then, unlike Dmitrii, fell before even trying to move his right hand. It doesn’t make a difference though, both got bonus first go. Next go falls in the same place but a little faster. Last go as time runs out he’s back on, the rock over and press into the corner looks uncomfortable, he falls out of the roof.

Rustam getting bonus on MF4

Rustam getting bonus on MF4

If Rustam flashes he will get gold. He falls off trying to rock up under the roof. Next go gets bonus, falls. Ends up in 3rd.

No one sends the boulder.

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Final Results

Men

Men's Podium: Dmitrii Sharfutdinov 1st, Jan Hojer 2nd, Rustam Gelmanov 3rd

Men’s Podium: Dmitrii Sharfutdinov 1st, Jan Hojer 2nd, Rustam Gelmanov 3rd

Men's Final Results Baku World Cup 2014

Full Men’s Results

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Women

Women's Podium: Anna Stöhr (1st) Akiyo Noguchi (2nd) Shauna Coxsey (3rd)

Women’s Podium: Anna Stöhr 1st, Akiyo Noguchi 2nd, Shauna Coxsey 3rd

Women's Final Results Bouldering World Cup Baku 2014

Full Women’s Results

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In the post-comp interviews both Anna and Shauna are quite gracious about the result. Anna says it isn’t ideal as they’d prefer to battle it out but some times you get lucky and that day she got lucky. Shauna says she did her best and she feels good about her performance.

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Next comp is in Grindelwald, Switzerland, next weekend May 10th and 11th.

IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #8 – Munich – Final Results + Overall Season Results

August 25, 2013 1 comment

Finals Replay

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Munich Final Results

Alex Puccio (Silver) Anna Stöhr (Gold) and Shauna Coxsey (Bronze) on the Women's Podium in Munich.

Alex Puccio (Silver) Anna Stöhr (Gold) and Shauna Coxsey (Bronze) on the Women’s Podium in Munich.

Munich Women's Final Scores

Munich Women’s Final Scores

Alex Puccio put on a great show of strength here, but not finishing problem 1 really hurt her in the end. The announcers said Melanie had flashed problem 1 but apparently (according to the scores) she did it 2nd try. Good job to all the competitors for once again putting on an excellent show!

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Munich Men’s Final Results

Rei Sugimoto in Gold, Thomas Tauporn in Silver, Rustam Gelmanov Bronze.

Rei Sugimoto in Gold, Thomas Tauporn in Silver, Rustam Gelmanov Bronze.

This is Rei’s first medal in a bouldering world cup and it’s a gold! Fantastic job for this very worthy competitor you may remember from this year’s Vail finals.

Rei Sugimoto

Winner Rei Sugimoto

Men's Final Scores

Men’s Final Scores

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Season Overall Podiums

Women's Overall: Anna, Akiyo, Alex

Women’s Overall: Anna, Akiyo, Alex

Men's Overall: Dmitrii, Jakob, Sean

Men’s Overall: Dmitrii, Jakob, Sean

IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #8 – Munich – Final 4

August 25, 2013 1 comment

Women’s Final 4

Dinara. Yes, it's blurry, but wow.

Dinara. Yes, it’s blurry, but wow.

Jump across to a jug undercling/swing catch. Big move (Petra figure 4’ed) to another volume, two volumes with jibs, high right foot on large green volume, press into corner with whole body to finish. The end especially seemed difficult and competitors tried some interesting things.

Dinara – fell, then caught dyno dramatically with one hand, got into volumes but fell.

Dinara going up to the volumes

Dinara going up to the volumes

Dinara trying to get her head in.

Dinara trying to get her head in.

Petra – did dyno, stylish figure 4, tried some real shenanagins on volumes, fell out of them. No finish.

Petra Klingler trying the arm bar

Petra Klingler trying the arm bar

Melanie – stuck dyno, had trouble moving up.

Katha – slipped off jump, did jump, got to high volumes, fell, back up, left hand on high volume, pressed into corner, sent!

Katha pressing into the corner at the top of final 4

Katha pressing into the corner at the top of final 4

Alex – fell off jump, then did it, fell from volumes b/c wrong hand up first, went again, went left first like Katha did, pressed pressed pressed. Sent! It looked very very close but it worked! Good job Alex!

Alex went right hand up but it worked out.

Alex went right hand up the first time. She looked strong but fell.

Alex using the correct method.

Alex using the correct method.

Alex mantling.

Alex mantling.

Backen-foot and lean across to the finish jib.

Backen-foot and lean across to the finish jib.

Shauna – tried to static jump, fell a couple times, stuck it, hiked the top even though she went up right to the top volume and that hosed everyone else who tried it. Very strong effort from Shauna.

Shauna made this look easy.

Shauna made this look easy.

Shauna pressing with style.

Shauna pressing with style.

Send!

Anna – falls off jump. If she sends this climb she wins the comp. Gets back up. Goes right to top volume, seems stuck, eventually gets hands right, stems out, finishes. She wins!

Anna finishing problem 4

Anna finishing problem 4

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Men’s Final 4

Rustam going with the swing on Men's Final 4

Rustam going with the swing at the start on Men’s Final 4

Weird moves from holds on a volume out to another huge volume with a little hold on the edge and another on the tip. Power move up left to the huge bonus blob. Rock up right to arete hold. Sit on bonus, move left to press finish.

Sachi – tried some interesting things to get out, didn’t sort it out.

Sacha Amma trying Men's Final 4

Sacha Amma trying to go backwards on Men’s Final 4

Rei – wow! Another impressive effort from Rei.

Rei staring down the arete hold at the top of MF4

Rei staring down the arete hold at the mid top of MF4

Rei figured out the bottom and then hiked carefully to last move, where he hung out for a while trying to decide what to do.

Rei trying to commit to the last move.

Rei trying to commit to the last move.

He finally committed to the dynamic move, rocked left and used his right elbow to press into the wall to keep him from barn dooring out.

Rei using the elbow

Rei using the elbow

It worked, he stuck the finish!

Rei sending Men's Final 4

Rei just after sending Men’s Final 4

Mayhaylo – went out backwards at the start but made it work!

Mahaylo feet first.

Mahaylo feet first.

Mahaylo turning around.

Mahaylo turning around.

Mahaylo looking very strong.

Mahaylo looking very strong on the one arm.

Up to bonus, stood up on arete, foot up on bonus, couldn’t figure out last move, eventually fell. No send.

Rustam – fell from the start, then worked it out, stood up high at the top, crimped wall panel, left foot to final hold, leaned over, matched, done.

Rustam crimping gaston left hand on the wall panel in his chest, left foot first to the finish. He leaned over and matched it for the win.

Rustam crimping gaston left hand on the wall panel in his chest, left foot first to the finish. He leaned over and matched it for the win.

Dmitrii – fell from start repeatedly, after powering out first moves but getting stuck moving to bonus. Doesn’t finish, and it ends this comp but he’s still overall 1st place for the season.

Dmitrii struggling with the volume.

Dmitrii struggling with the volume. He basically jumped and held the swing to the little jib, and it seemed like he was just too pumped to power to the bonus so he was trying to get there via other means, but he wasn’t able to make it work.

Thomas – If he sends he wins. The crowd is chanting for him. Unfortunately he struggles on bottom, falls repeatedly, doesn’t get through it. Silver.

Rei wins!

IFSC Bouldering World Cup #8 – Munich – Finals Problems 1 & 2

August 25, 2013 1 comment
Petra Klinger of Switzerland not quite finishing WF1

Petra Klingler of Switzerland not quite finishing WF1

Women’s Final 1

This problem looked really balancy, and nearly everyone fell at least once, often many times. The top looked particularly challenging as it was necessary to press off a low foot and do some hand maneuvering, then get a high right foot and rock up onto it while pulling on the small holds and volume to the finish.

Dinara Fakhritdinova – bonus

Petra Klingler – bonus, nearly sent but fell at top

Melanie Sandoz – flash

Katha Saurwein – bonus, nearly sent but fell at top

Alex Puccio – flash to bonus, fell. didn’t finish

Shauna Coxsey – falling, bonus, not sure her highpoint

Anna Stöhr – falling, bonus…

Anna Stöhr trying to figure out the top of WF1.

Anna Stöhr trying to figure out the top of WF1. She slipped right after this.

After Anna fell off the bottom a few more times she got back up, instead of matching put right on gaston, left into the undercling she’s trying to match on in the pic above, right to volume, grabbed the top! Only the 2nd send of the boulder and it puts her in 2nd as Melanie flashed.

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Men’s Final 1

Sachi Amma of Japan showing off the only 2 moves of MF1 that anyone did.

Sachi Amma of Japan showing off the only 2 moves of MF1 that anyone did. No one could stick the jump to the red eyebrow out right. Everything just looked too slippery.

Sachi Amma – 0

Rei Sugimoto – 0

Mykhaylo Shalagin – 0

Rustam Gelmanov – 0

Dmitrii Sharafutdinov – 0

Thomas Tauporn – 0

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Women’s Final 2

Dinara flashing WF2

Dinara flashing WF2 with her own method.

The announcers said they thought you were supposed to go to the left side of the volume, but the girls jumped straight up one two left and then right to the high right dish. From there left hand flip to catch the swing (Dinara didn’t flip), then squeeze left on the volume/bonus, left again to undercling, high feet, stand up to finish.

Dinara – flash

Petra – falling, does sweet jump with left hand flip for the catch, finishes the problem with 2 knees and a heel hook.

Petra heel hooking to the top.

Petra heel hooking to the top.

Melanie – falls, bonus, falls, no send. Keeps falling trying to get left hand to upper left undercling for last move.

Katha – eventual send

Alex – flash

Shauna – flash

Anna – flash

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Men’s Final 2

Blobs, arete, press into an volume, move around the volume to the finish.

Sachi – bonus

Rei – scroll down:

Rei at the start of MF2

Rei at the start of MF2

Rei Sugimoto working into the top volume.

Rei Sugimoto working into the top volume.

Rei pressing into the volume. He moved slowly and precisely so he wouldn't fall.

Rei pressing into the volume. He moved slowly and precisely so he wouldn’t fall.

Rei clinging to the volume as he reaches left for the final hold.

Rei clinging to the volume as he reaches left for the final hold.

Rei makes the first top in the men's round.

Rei makes the first top in the men’s round.

Mykhaylo – no top, bonus?

Rustam – looked good, got bonus, fell getting feet up. Falls again, calls to crowd for support, falls again, Heel blows, falls again.

Dmitrii – sends 2nd go and in 1st now.

Thomas – sends! Several goes. In 2nd now.

Rei is now in 3rd.

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IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #3 – Kitzbuhel – Semifinals

April 27, 2013 1 comment
Leah Crane of Team GB

Leah Crane of Team GB getting some bonus points

Semifinals Live Feed and Video

I didn’t watch semis but I’m watching the replay. You can too, here: IFSC Video Gallery. Men’s and Women’s finals are at the same time, so it’s one video for all. At the moment it’s the top video on the page. I’ll put a direct link in later.

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Photo

As you can see from the photo of Leah above, Team Austria has published a nice photo album, which you can see here:

first impressions – Men’s and Women’s Semifinal

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The Problems

The Semis problems

The Semis problems. From the far left, Women’s 1, Men’s 1, Women’s 2, Men’s 2, etc…

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Men’s Semi 1 seemed to have a large reach move (or at least much much easier if you were tall) that divided up the men pretty handily. You had to hold left hand on the arete, right foot low on the lower face, and stab up to the small pocket inside the e-grips 2tex vortex. Some, like Dmitrii Sharafutdinov and Jernej Kruder, who both made finals, reached it easily. Others, like Sean McCall and Rustam Gelmanov, weren’t so lucky. After semis Sean ended up in the painful position of 7th, Gelmanov took 8th.

Rustam all strung out on top of Semi 1. He wasn't able to make the match.

Rustam all strung out on top of Semi 1. He wasn’t able to make the match.

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Women’s Semi 1 was a delicate balance problem that got the women quite stretched out. It was good for adding falls, though it did get finished. Unfortunately, some of the stronger climbers, including Mélissa Le Nevé, were unable to get to the final hold. Melissa is often a finalist, but this time she ended up in 8th overall. Shauna Coxsey stood for a long time with the two tiny chips (you can see how small they are from the photo of Leah at the top of this page) and eventually made her way to the final hold for the flash. She went on to take 1st overall in this round.

Women's Semi 1

Women’s Semi 1

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Men’s Semi 2 looked super fun and powerful. It involved several big volumes on an arete. After the start you grabbed a small hold under the big orange death star, then did a double jump to the death star (right) and the cone (left). The death star looked very slippery and many fell there, others got a heel in and were able to continue squeezing to the finish. Slovenian Jure Becan, younger brother of 1st place qualifier Klemen Becan, was one who finished it, and though his other results weren’t enough to get him into finals, he still turned in his best Boulder World Cup finish yet with 17th. His brother Klemen didn’t have as good of semifinals as he had qualifiers, and ended up in 10th overall.

Men's Semi 2

Men’s Semi 2. Thomas wasn’t able to finish and took 20th out of 21 male semifinalists.

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Women’s Semi 2 started with a dynamic move to a right hand sloper (?) on the black triangle and a left hand catch hold, then turned into a twisty problem up a slightly overhanging wall to a committing but doable last move that lead to many exciting “will she stick it?!” moments. The answer for those who jumped seemed to be yes.

Two angles of Katha on Women's Semi 3

Two angles of Katha on Women’s Semi 3

Katha barely squeaked her way into semifinals, but she showed that she deserved to be there with a strong round that took her into finals in 4th place.

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Men’s Semi 3 looked like a short powerfest, jumpy like Semi 2 was. It dropped many climbers on the move to the orange sloper (where Klemen is below).

Klemen Becan on Semi 3

Klemen Becan on Semi 3

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Women’s Semi 3 looked pretty awesome. It had not one but two of those big EP teardrop comp volumes on it and after working off an orange volume and through some gastons the women had to wrestle their way up the teardrops (and an undercling) on an overhanging section of the wall. Katha fell off the last move several times trying to go right hand, others, more successfully, went with the right or with a left-hand cross and finished the boulder.

Shauna on Semi 3

Shauna on Semi 3

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Men’s Semi 4

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Women’s Semi 4 was the black and green problem. From holds on a large black volume it was technical moves through green volumes, a bonus hold, then some balancey moves on large green slopers to the finish.

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Results

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I will finish this after finals.

World Cup Millau – Problem 4 + Unofficial Final Results

April 6, 2013 1 comment

Women’s Problem 4

I didn’t catch the proposed grade.

Anna at the top of 4

Anna at the top of 4

Anna flashed? I thought 2nd go. Owned it though.

Katha sticks double dyno, falls moving off it. No bonus.

Jule gets up to bonus, falls on next move. Gets up again, falls again. No top.

Jule moving up off the bonus just before falling.

Jule moving up after getting bonus and just before falling.

Akiyo fell 1st go. 2nd go up to bonus, struggling with beta, bumps, tries to bump in, falls. Does it again, falls from next move. Done, no top.

Akiyo on prob 4 after grabbing bonus and bumping off it.

Akiyo on prob 4 after grabbing bonus and bumping off it.

If Shauna flashes she wins. She falls on the double dyno, not going to get gold, may get silver if she tops. If she tops 2nd go she’d tie Anna. Fell again. Now can only get silver max. Sticks the dyno 3rd go. Finishes the boulder. Top! Silver!

Shauna doing the right beta at the top.

Shauna doing the right beta at the top.

Shauna at the top!

Shauna at the top!

Puccio came out last, hiked the problem.

Alex doing the cross at the top of 4.

Alex doing the cross at the top of 4.

Alex at the top of 4.

Alex at the final hold on final 4.

Here are the UNOFFICIAL (i.e. pre appeals period) results from Millau for women:

Unofficial Results

Unofficial Results

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Men’s Problem 4

7B+/C

(but the announcer said more straightforward/easier than the last one)

Lucas came out and climbed up high, got bonus, but fell. Then he struggled.

Kilian heel hooking on the bonus hold.

Kilian heel hooking on the bonus hold.

Kilian came out strong, got bonus, fell moving up right to another volume. If he sends he wins. If not, and if someone else does, they could win. Very exciting. Kilian got back up, used a slightly better method, fell again.

Kilian using a good method to get across the volume.

Kilian using a good method to get across the volume.

Back again, does this double knee crouch thing, shifts right, grabs the top. Sends! Wins!

Kilian sending 4 and winning the comp.

Kilian sending 4 and winning the comp.

Guillaume got bonus first go. Fell above, as Kilian did, wrestling with the volumes. Didn’t finish.

Guillaume trying something different.

Guillaume trying something different.

Rustam came out next, looked good, did the problem 2nd go for his only send in Finals.

Rustam manhandling the volumes.

Rustam manhandling the volumes.

Rustam sending 4

Rustam sending 4

Jorg got very high but didn't finish.

Jorg got very high but didn’t finish.

Dmitrii got very high as well and also did not finish.

Dmitrii got very high as well and also did not finish.

UNOFFICIAL (before appeals) Men’s Results

UNOFFICIAL Results

UNOFFICIAL Results

 

World Cup Millau – Problem 3

April 6, 2013 1 comment

Women’s Problem 3

7a+

Anna Stohr

Anna is falling off. Mantling up a wall on volumes. Got the bonus (2nd or 3rd go?). Finished the boulder.

Katha starts to mantle but falls. Falls again. Starts to mantle, grabs the tiny handhold mid-wall to help the mantle, but can’t get her left foot up to stand. Jumped to the bonus but didn’t stick it. Done.

Katha Saurwein

Jule flashed. Yeah!

Jule Wurm

Tiny thumbercling to help with the mantle

Standing up to bonus.

Standing up to bonus.

Jule at the top!

Jule at the top!

Akiyo did another ridiculous stem/mantle. She may have the most flexible hips ever. The female announcer is trying to describe it and failing. Akiyo makes it to bonus, does a ridiculous stand up, jumps to the finish. Flashes!

Akiyo Noguchi

Akiyo stepped up for the last move instead of jumping off the lower left foot.

Akiyo stepped up for the last move instead of jumping off the lower left foot.

Akiyo sticks!

Akiyo sticks!

Shauna came out next. She looked good on the mantle, didn’t quite hit the undercling out right exactly right, but it didn’t seem to matter. Sized up the last move, jumped big, got it (but it looked like barely!). Great!

Shauna at the start.

Shauna at the start.

Shauna in the mantle

Shauna standing it up

Shauna nearly missed hitting this well, but she didn't look too stressed about it.

Shauna nearly missed hitting this well, but she didn’t look too stressed about it.

Alex struggled to get up on the mantle and fell off at least twice. Third go looked better, she touched bonus before falling.

Alex on her first go.

Alex on her first go.

Alex figured out the mantle--it was pretty technical for her.

Alex figured out the mantle–it was pretty technical for her.

Alex got mad and made it work even though it looked like she might fall. Good power Alex!

Alex got mad and made it work even though it looked like she might fall. Good power Alex!

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Men’s Problem 3

“the hardest” 7b+ (V8, like prob 2) but harder the head setter thinks

Kilian Fischhuber

Lucas is falling off. First move a deadpoint to a gaston of a volume. Sticks it and messes around on volumes but can’t get anywhere. Sort of gets his right foot up, then falls. Done.

Kilian is in first as of now, with 2 tops. Falls from the start repeatedly. Can’t seem to get the first move, or even bonus. Done.

Guillaume had a similar experience. Eventually changed his shoes. Stuck the first move, got on the volumes, touched bonus, foot out right, fell. Fell more. Stuck first move again and fell more. Done.

Rustam Gelmanov didn’t do the first move.

Jorg eventually did do the first, but fell trying to control the bonus. Then he quit and walked off with 19 seconds left.

Dmitrii was last. He actually figured out the bottom of the problem, got bonus, got his foot out right, got his body over, and fell moving up to the last two holds. Unfortunately he’s scored the same as everyone else who got bonus, so still in 5th.

Dmitrii using another method.

Dmitrii using another method.

 

2012 IFSC World Championships – Men’s Bouldering

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Kilian (2nd), Dmitrii (1st), Rustam (3rd)

The stage, the crowd, and the walls all looked incredible at this event.  Dmitrii is World Champion, Kilian won silver, and Rustam Bronze. The other three finalists were Canada’s Sean McColl, Germany’s Jan Hojer, and Japan’s Rei Sugimoto.

Here are some random shots and info from finals:

Men’s 1

Everybody flashed but Dmitrii, who flashed to bonus, then fell 3 times before getting top on his 4th go. This put him in last going into problem 2.

Men’s 2

Killian flashed, putting him in the lead. Sean got bonus and sent 2nd go, putting him in 2nd. If you get to the top without touching bonus you still get bonus points. Dmitrii got bonus and finished the problem 3rd go, giving him 1 send to match everyone else’s performance on men’s 1. Jan flashed to bonus but didn’t finish the problem. Rei and Rustam didn’t even get bonus.

Kilian flashing Men’s 2

Jan Hojer on Men’s 2. Looked good, then fell apart a second later.

Men’s 3

Mantle to difficult movement out right to bonus. Dmitrii took a brave tactic and flashed. Rustam got bonus and sent 2nd go. Nobody else really got anywhere, all falling on the rightward move to the bonus hold.

Rei Sugimoto struggling with the transition on Men’s 3

Rustam on the start mantle of Men’s 3

Rustam working his way around this cruxy corner on Men’s 3. These moves really shut the climbers down.

Rustam on Men’s 3. Not a great shot but LOOK AT HIS LEFT ARM!

Dmitrii leaning right…

Dmitrii leaned, leaned, and then sort of deadpointed right hand to the bonus hold while flipping left. He caught himself and sent for the flash.

Sean suffered here and didn’t make it to bonus.

Killian took a different tactic, but it still didn’t work.

Jan Hojer also suffered on this one.

Men’s 4

This problem was on the far right wall and was supposed to be fairly easy compared to the previous two. It certainly seemed to be the case as everyone sent, Dmitrii, Kilian, Rustam, and Jan flashing, Sean getting bonsus and send 2nd go, and Rei flashing to bonus but then falling and also sending 2nd go.

Rei flashed to bonus, then fell, then got back on and sent.

Rustam manhandling the volume.

Dmitrii sticking the move out left the same way Rustam did. This seemed to be the hardest move on the problem.

Sean McColl and wow look at the walls!

Sean after sending. He knew he didn’t win but he stayed a good sport for the crowd. Which is huge. Look at that crowd!

Kilian

Kilian finishing.

Jan Hojer and…crowd!

Jan

The End

All the competitors stood for the crowd. As they were going back behind the wall, Dmitrii’s girlfriend ran in and jumped on him. It was just like a sports movie. : )

Men’s Bouldering Finalists

Wow.

Dmitrii and his girlfriend

The Walls

Final Results

Next Up

Men’s paraclimbing, Blind 1 Division finals was up next and we watched 3 blind guys climb as far as they could up a 7B+ route with an assistant shouting (or using a headset and walkie talkie) to help them find their way. More on that in the next post.

Really the thing to do is to watch these live or watch the replays.  Go here: IFSC World Climbing Championships 2012

IFSC Bouldering World Cup Munich

August 26, 2012 2 comments

The last bouldering World Cup for the season has just ended in Munich, Germany. An exciting finals came down to the last minute and last problem to decide the top places. Instead of taking a million screen shots I live-updated on Facebook for this comp. Not sure how successful it was as a method of recording and sharing, but some seemed to appreciate it as the live feed wasn’t working so well in many places. Luckily for me the live feed worked brilliantly this time around. If you want to read them click here – Munich Live Updates.

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Final Results

Women’s Finals

Mélanie gave a very great effort but came up just short of the finish holds on 3 and 4 and in the middle of 1 and 2, so she ended up in 6th.

Anna Gallaymova ended up climbing all the boulders, but this comp came down to attempts and she took far too many. Nevertheless, she gave a fantastic effort and even flashed final 3!  5th place.

With one fewer try than Anna G for her 4 tops, Melissa Le Neve ended up in 4th. She gave a fantastic effort as well. She easily hiked #1, then barely flashed #2, though it looked like she might fall on the last move. After missing the jump at the bottom of #3 for a while she stuck it and sent. On her flash go she fell near the top of #4, then struggled with the bottom for a while before making it back to the finish hold. 4th place.

Jule Wurm was the hometown favorite, and she climbed well though she had a sudden slip on #2 (commentator’s curse?) and at the bottom of #4 that pushed her back in the ranking. She flashed #1 and #3 for 3rd place.

Anna Stöhr was looking extremely dominant and powerful but an unexpected slip at the bottom of #4 on her first try was all it took for Akiyo to beat her. Akiyo did, flashing all 4 finals for a score of 4/4 to Anna’s 4/5.

Akiyo (1st) Anna (2nd) Jule (3rd)

Men’s Finals

For the men Briton Stewart Watson was looking quite good to podium until he slipped suddenly at the end of the last problem on his flash go. He didn’t end up sending and ended up in 6th.

Rei Sugimoto didn’t do the first problem but then recovered to do the second and flash the last. Unfortunately #3 also gave him quite the problem so he ended up in 5th. Even though Stewart has more bonuses, Rei has fewer tries to top so I guess that keeps him ahead.

Rustam didn’t look as good as usual, and after a few tries to send #1 he was shut down by the start of #2 when he kept trying a dyno and not sticking it. After many goes he did send the tricky sideways jump/slab of #3 and he flashed #4, but it wasn’t enough to put him on the podium.

Jakob is generally a beast though he looked to be suffering in this comp as well as he barely stuck the end of #1 on his 3rd try and barely got to the top of #2. #3 looked better for him once he figured out the start but he slipped suddenly on the last move and didn’t send. #4 looked like the easiest of the men’s finals and he flashed it powerfully.

Sean McColl came out in 1st position and he climbed quite well. He flashed #1 and did #2 after several tries at the start. He was the only competitor to flash #3, climbing it perfectly. #4 was also a flash, meaning that the number of tries it took him to get through the start of #2 made all the difference. Still, a great comp for Sean.

Finally Dmitrii Sharafutdinov flashed #1, nearly flashed #2 but fell after bonus and had to do it 2nd try. Took several tries for #3, flashed #4. So the falls between #2 and #3 separated Dmitrii and Sean, who were the only 2 to climb all the finals problems.

Dmitrii (1st) Sean (2nd) Jakob (3rd)

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Season Final Results

With this competition the overall season titles are also confirmed and awarded. The men’s was actually decided on quali’s day, when multi-time champion (he’s been 1st or 2nd since 2006) Kilian Fischhuber didn’t make semis and therefore lost his first place to Rustam Gelmanov. If Jakob had won this comp he would have bumped Killian even further. The women were in similar straits, with Shauna and Akiyo in a battle for 2nd. Sadly, Shauna was unable to defend her position as #2 since she suffered a broken leg in Magic Wood earlier this summer and so could not compete in this final event.

Team Overall

Team Overall – Russia (1st) France (2nd) Austria (3rd)

Men’s Overall

Rustam Gelmanov (1) Kilian Fischhuber (2) Jakob Schubert (3)

Women’s Overall

Anna Stohr (1) Akiyo Noguchi (2) Shauna Coxsey (3)

Shauna still came to the Munich comp, broken leg and all

Shauna was bumped down to 3rd overall by Akiyo Noguchi, who said she is very sorry to Shauna in her post-comp interview. Also interviewed was Udo Neumann:

German Coach and longtime movement master Udo Neumann being interviewed before the medal ceremony. Udo produces the wonderful World Cup Report videos from each event.

If you want to learn about climbing and competition climbing, Udo’s videos are a wonderful resource. It is amazing to watch the subtle and not-so-subtle differences in technique displayed by the world’s best competition climbers.

Udo Neumann’s site – Udini

Setting Blog World Cup Coverage 2012 Season

Here are links to the rest of the coverage we’ve done on the Bouldering World Cups this season.

Munich – Live Updates

#5 – Vail

Vail World Cup 2012 (lots of media all links from this page)

#4 – Innsbruck

World Cup Bouldering 2012 #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Heiko Wilhelm Photos

Bouldering World Cup #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Finals Problem 4

Bouldering World Cup 2012 #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Final Results!

Bouldering World Cup 2012 #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Semifinals Results + Meet the Finalists

World Cup 2012 #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Qualifiers Results – UPDATED w/more photos

# 3 – Vienna

Bouldering World Cup Vienna – Great Photos! + Video Links

Vienna World Cup Coverage Wrap-Up – UPDATED (many links from here)

#2  –  Log-Dragomer

Log-Dragomer Slovenia Bouldering World Cup Finals Coverage Wrap-Up (many links from here)

Videos – Mina Markovic flashing Sharky! + Highlights

#1 – China

No coverage

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See you next season!

World Cup Bouldering 2012 #4 – Innsbruck, Austria – Heiko Wilhelm Photos

May 20, 2012 2 comments

As usual Austrian Team Manager Heiko Wilhelm has come out with some spectacular images of the event. Here are some of my favorites:

A couple from qualis

Jain Kim with her left hand on the left start hold of Women’s Quali 3? Notice the blockers around it to prevent the heel hook | Heiko Wilhelm

Mina Markovic on Women’s Quali 2 | Heiko Wilhelm

Finals

Sean McColl Men’s Final 3 | Heiko Wilhelm

Jain Kim sticking the long move to the bonus on Women’s Final 3 | Heiko Wilhelm

Jakob Schubert nearly sending Final 2 | Heiko Wilhelm

Kilian sending the problem that would win him the comp | Heiko Wilhelm

Melissa Le Neve on Final 4 | Heiko Wilhelm

Anna for the win! | Heiko Wilhelm

Rustam, Kilian, Sean on the Men’s Podium | Heiko Wilhelm

Shauna, Anna and Melissa  |  Heiko Wilhelm

To see the rest check out the Austria Climbing Team on Facebook – Austria Climbing Team

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