It was an exciting weekend: On June 5th and 6th, the German Speed and Bouldering Championships took place. In the speed discipline, Franziska Ritter set a new German record. In bouldering, Yannick Flohé and Afra Hönig won the title.
This year not only the pairings in the knockout rounds of the speed discipline were exciting, but also the weather conditions. The view of the sky was standard for those responsible at the German Alpine Club: Dark clouds kept coming up and a short drizzle also caused discomfort.
The speed wall was in Vonovia Ruhrstadion in Bochum set up - in the open air and where VfL Bochum normally plays. A very special location for such a competition, which is part of this year's Ruhr Games was allowed to guest in Bochum. At the same time, the German championship was held in the course of the multisport event "The 2021 finals“Broadcast by ARD and ZDF.
Franziska Ritter sets a new German speed record
One lady knew how to use the large media public particularly well: The 18-year-old Franziska Ritter kept his nerve until the end and even beat the previous German record twice. At 8,162 seconds is now the new record. As in the last two years, her opponent was in the final Sandra Hopfensitz from DAV Augsburg. But this time too, Ritter was the first to hit the top. Bronze went to Julia Koch (DAV Rhineland-Cologne).
There was a changing of the guard for the men: Defending champion Sebastian Lucke (DAV Konstanz) did not make it to the semi-finals Linus Bader passed and ended up in third place. Silver went on Thorben Perry Bloem from DAV Braunschweig.
- Franziska Ritter (DAV Wuppertal)
- Sandra Hopfensitz (DAV Augsburg)
- Julia Koch (DAV Rhineland-Cologne)
- Linus Bader (DAV Augsburg)
- Thorben Perry Bloem (DAV Braunschweig)
- Sebastian Lucke (DAV Constance)
Bouldering: First place for Hönig and Flhé
It promised to be an incredibly exciting German bouldering championship: All in all we were 84 starters registered for the competition in Bochum. Perhaps the great interest was in the previous long break in competition or in the announced media presence: The semifinals were in excerpts in the ARD and the final in the livestream of ZDF transfer.
In the final of the Ladies Everything stayed open and that until the very end - more precisely, everything was only decided in the last boulder. The reigning German champion to date Hannah Meul (DAV Rhineland-Cologne) He took the lead early in the first two boulders with two flashes, but it didn't last long.
In the end it was Afra Hönig (DAV Landshut)that gave the leader no time to breathe deeply: She made short work of the third boulder and then advanced the last boulder with number four. Meul only separated the zone from victory - but she left it behind, which ultimately brought her to second place.
Likewise Roxana Wienand (DAV Aschaffenburg) could have won the race, she would have had to climb the top of the last boulder in under two attempts. The young athlete did not succeed, however, and she ended up behind a surprisingly strong one Anna Lechner (DAV Munich Oberland) in 4th place.
Yannick Flohé confidently to victory
The Men-Finale the situation turned out a little different: Yannick Flohé (DAV Aachen) put in an incredibly sovereign run and flashed the first two tours that nobody but him could climb. After boulder number three he was already certain as the winner.
That was of course particularly annoying for the runner-up and Olympic participant Jan Hojer (DAV Frankfurt / Main). The 29-year-old already convinced with a strong form in the semifinals, but the first two final boulders were not tailor-made for him. With his flash on the last route, however, he pulled away Max Kleesattel (DAV Schwäbisch Gmünd) from - who did not reach the same top and went home with the bronze medal.
- Afra Hönig (DAV Landshut)
- Hanna Meul (DAV Rhineland-Cologne)
- Anna Lechner (DAV Munich-Oberland)
- Yannick Flohé (DAV Aachen)
- Jan Hojer (Frankfurt / Main)
- Max Kleesattel (DAV Schwäbisch Gmünd)
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Image material: DAV / Vertical Axis, text DAV