IFSC Bouldering World Cup 2013 #8 – Munich – Qualifiers
In addition to Kasia, for women Team USA had Meagan Martin (45th, 2 bonus holds in 5 attempts) and Alex Puccio, who, well, see the semis field in the top 20 qualifiers:
Puccio did ‘em all and nearly flashed ‘em all. Akiyo finished them all as well but in 14 tries. The problems looked pretty hard from the bit of women’s qualis I saw. I didn’t see men’s qualis at all. Perhaps most surprising is Anna Stöhr barely making semis–she’s already won the overall with 1st in nearly every event so far this year. She’s spent the WC break climbing outside and just recently returned from a successful trip to Rocklands where she climbed two more 8B (V13) boulder problems.
It’s nice to see Shauna Coxsey also at the top of the heap–last year Coxsey broke her leg during the WC break and was unable to compete in Munich. She’s had a good year so far and on her visit to Colorado in June did her first V13 with Nuthin’ but Sunshine in RMNP. Watch that here: Shauna Coxsey – Nuthin’ but Sunshine V13 on Vimeo
The field looks strong and tomorrow’s semis should be fun to watch.
I didn’t get to watch these but clearly Kilian is in top form here with the only 5 sends in the men’s quali. Sean McColl also looks to be climbing well, and mixed among familiar names like Thomas Tauporn, Jan Hojer, Jernej Kruder, and Dmitrii Sharafutdinov are the return of German Jonas Baumann and a bit of a surprise visit from Chris Webb-Parsons who is strong as all get out but usually not the best competitor. Baumann won in Vail a few years ago and Webb-Parsons made finals there but neither has been having a particularly good last two seasons, so it’s nice to see them back.
Stay tuned for semis and finals tomorrow!