In front of a sold out Olympiaworld arena the male lead World Championships took place. After the exciting women’s finals at the day before the expectations were very high. The spectators weren’t disappointed. 10 finalists fought against each other in an extremely hard route.
Jakob Schubert shows his skills and wins gold
Jakob Schubert climbed the crux effortlessly. There he wasn’t able to find the perfect method, but was able to use his excellent body tension, to master the crux. Afterwards the difficulties kept increasing. The Tyrolean fell off the same hold as Adam Ondra, but because of his better performance in the semi-finals he was on place 1 at this stage of the rankings. The leader of the semi-finals, Domen Skofic, fell earlier than the Innsbrucker and had to be content with the fifth place. Afterwards the Tyrolean was very happy: “I still can’t believe it! It was incredible to climb with such an amazing audience cheering for me. My nervousness from the earlier rounds was completely gone. Because of my good training I had enough spare strength to keep fighting on. I still can’t believe it. This was a dream, that came true.” The World Championship title is the (intermediate) coronation of an outstanding career. With 21 World Cup wins and now 2 World Championship titles Schubert belongs to the most successful climbers of all times.
Defending champion Adam Ondra piled on the pressure before
Adam Ondra started his go at the route as one of the biggest favorites and made the lower section look astoundingly easy. He climbed exceptionally fast on those sections that stopped the athletes before him. As he entered the final part of the route he got into trouble. He did not slow down and fell. Just like that, his performance ended abruptly. In the end it meant silver for the exceptional Czech climber. As the next favorite, Alex Megos entered the route. The German tried to do every move in a very controlled manner, which cost him a lot of strength. He fell a couple of moves below Schubert and Ondra. In the end that was enough for the third place for Megos. It is the first World Championship medal for the climber from Erlangen. „It went quite well, right?That’s my first medal, I still haven’t been competing for that long in competitions like this and therefore it’s a very cool experience for me and I hope it wasn’t the last time!", Megos commented afterwards. Meich Narasaki form Japan surprisingly made the fourth place.
Press conference with Jakob Schubert, Adam Ondra and Alexander Megos tomorrow, Monday at 11 am
Tomorrow (Monday, 10. September) a press conference with the medal-winners will take place in the World Championship press center at 11 am.
Final Results Finals
1. Jakob Schubert (AUT)
2. Adam Ondra (CZE)
3. Alexander Megos (GER)
4. Meichi Narasaki (JPN)
5. Domen Skofic (SLO)
6. Jakub Konecny (CZE)
7. Tomoaki Takata (JPN)
8. Sascha Lehmann
9. Marcello Bombardi (ITA)
10. Kai Harada (JPN)
Start of the Boulder competitions on Tuesday (11. September)
Tomorrow (10. September) is the only rest day of the World Championships. On Tuesday (11. September) the Boulder qualifications of the women starts at 10 am and the Paraclimbing qualifications start at 5 pm. Both rounds will take place in the Kletterzentrum Innsbruck.
20.000 FREIWILLIGE ARBEITSSTUNDEN
500 KG CHALK
Climb. Come together. Celebrate!