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Innsbruck European Boulder Championships 2015 – Men’s Qualifiers

May 14, 2015 Leave a comment

European Championship Bouldering 2015 Innsbruck Austria Jan Hojer

YES! The World Cup Bouldering season has nearly started with the European Boulder Championships in Innsbruck. Unfortunately there is no live feed but Udo & co of Stuntwerk made a nice little video of men’s qualis which you should definitely watch as it just shows one man crushing each boulder. There were two heats so there are 10 boulders total.

Rustam Gelmanov sporting a killer mullet and short shorts as he destroys qualifiers.

Rustam Gelmanov sporting a killer mullet and short shorts as he destroys qualifiers.

The Russians Dmitrii and Rustam are looking crazy strong this year. They qualified in 4th and 5th so it’s gonna be interesting to watch semis and see what their weak points are (if any) and it’s gonna be interesting to see who can beat them. From men’s quali results it seems like Gui-Gui, Adam Ondra, and newcomer (to me at least) Michael Piccolruaz from Italy definitely have a chance.

Men’s Quali Results:

1. Gui-Gui tied with Ondra tied with Michael Piccolruaz

4. Dmitrii

5. Rustam tied with Jakob Schubert

3 way tie for 7th: Alban Levier (FRA, new to me), Roands Rugens (LAT – last year he did quite well in one event) and everyone’s hero Jorg Verhoeven (NED)

10. Dave Barrans (GBR)

11. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS) is back and tied with strong young Domen Skofic from Slovenia

13. Two guys I’ve never heard of, Mickael Mawem from France and Andrzej Mecherzynski-Wiktor from Poland.

15. More newcomers to me, Stephane Hanssens from Belgium and Gregor Vezonik from Slovenia

17. Jan Hojer and Martin Stranik (CZE)

19. Mathias Conrad (GER) and Stefan Scarperi (ITA)

Don’t think they get through to semis but two of my personal favorites, Jernej Kruder and Anthony Gullsten, tied for 21st in qualis.

Also out: Jeremy Bonder in 23rd, Nicky De Leeuw (NED) in 31st tied with Lukas Ennemoser (AUT), Benjamin Blaser (SUI) in 33rd, David Firnenburg (GBR) in 40th, Klemen Becan’s little brother Jure Becan (SLO) tied for 41st with Gabri Moroni (ITA), young Brit Nathan Phillips in 47th tied with Elias Weiler (AUT), and Emiliyan Kolevski (BUL) tied for 69th with 3 other guys. That’s everyone I know on the list but there were 86 competitors total, some from countries rarely seen on the WC Circuit, so this could be a very fresh season if they keep competing.

Full Men’s General Results

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