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Jakob Schubert is the Combined World Champion!

Jakob Schubert managed the perfect ending to the World Championships of Innsbruck in his home country. He was crowned the first Men's Combined World Champion in climbing history. In addition to that, he became the first Austrian to be crowned World Champion in two separate disciplines. Schubert came either first or second in each round and won the contest in a convincing fashion. Silver and bronze went to Adam Ondra (CZE) and Jan Hojer (GER).

 

In front of more than 4500 spectators, the six most versatile climbers of these Championships climbed for gold in the Combined discipline. Local athlete Jakob Schubert showed an outstanding performance and won the last contest of the 2018 Climbing World Championships. He earned his second title at these Championships and the fourth medal (third gold) for Austria. 

False start in Speed for Tomoa Narasaki

After making a false start in his second qualification run, Jakob Schubert had to face Tomoa Narasaki. The Japanese athlete was by far the fastest finalist. Nevertheless, Schubert proceeded after a false start by Narasaki. In semi-finals, the Tyrolean put down a strong performance with 7.52 seconds which sent him into finals. There he made a mistake early on which cemented the win for Jan Hojer (GER).

Jakob Schubert with an outstanding performance in Bouldering

The last three Boulder World Champions all found themselves in the Combined finals: Kai Harada, Tomoa Narasaki (both JPN) and Adam Ondra (CZE). With a highly convincing performance, Jakob Schubert sensationally won the round. The local athlete had an outstanding run and managed to top all four boulders in just eight attempts. Only Adam Ondra was able to also get four tops in what was a varied round. Jakob Schubert knew after bouldering that he had secured at least the bronze medal. With two points after two rounds he found himself in an excellent position. And all that with his main discipline still to come.

Jakob Schubert confidently secured the gold medal in Lead

In Lead it was noticeable that the strengths of the three Japanese finalists lie in Bouldering and Speed. Because they all failed to succeed in these disciplines, they were no longer in the running for medals. Adam Ondra entered the route on the provisional 3rd place. He produced a great performance and climbed up to the penultimate hold. After Jan Hojer fell on the 26th hold, it was clear that Schubert “only“ had to get to the 27th hold in order to secure the gold medal. The man from Innsbruck did not risk anything and climbed up to the top section where he fell on the 37th hold. The Austrian flagship was aware of his historic achievement and already celebrated coming down. Even before the awarding ceremony Schubert put his feelings into words: “That was the icing on the cake of an incredible World Championships. I already was extremely happy to even book a place in the Combined finals. That I now got the gold medal is simply unbelievable. It couldn’t have turned out any better for me. It was a very strong field, especially in Bouldering. Hardly anybody would have thought that I would decide the Bouldering in my favour. I knew that I would not have to climb all the way to the top in Lead and only had to beat a few of the other competitors. During climbing I already heard the cheering of the crowd and could celebrate already while coming down. Unbelievable, it can’t get better than that."

The Austrian Georg Parma, who also started in the Combined discipline, earned the 36th place.

Result Combined Discipline World Championships 2018:

Women:

1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)

2. Sol Sa (KOR)

3. Jessica Pilz (AUT)

4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)

5. Miho Nonaka (JPN)

6. Petra Klingler (SUI)

Men:

1. Jakob Schubert (AUT)

2. Adam Ondra (CZE)

3. Jan Hojer (GER)

4. Kai Harada (JPN)

5. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)

6. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)

Facts

2000 Holds

58 NATIONS

834 ATHLETES

20.000 VOLUNTEER WORK HOURS

500 KG CHALK

Climb. Come together. Celebrate!