On the second qualifying day of the European Climbing Championships, the men competed in lead climbing and the women in bouldering. Janja Garnbret also dominated the competition in this discipline, while Alexander Megos made himself a birthday present for the men.
The men started the second day of competition at 12 noon on the 35 degree overhanging Lead climbing wall. 56 athletes started on two routes, 26 of them qualified for the semifinals. Alexander Megos was the first to climb the A route and set a benchmark with his near-top (47+) that should last until the end of the qualification.
Only the Czech Adam Ondra reached the same height on this route. In the B route, both reached the top, so that they entered the semifinals with the same number of points - a perfect present for Alexander Megos on today's birthday and a confirmation for Adam Ondra that his form curve has not decreased even as a young father.
But other athletes also showed strong performances in front of the 4000 fans on the Königsplatz, such as the German Yannick Flohé, who was the first to reach the top in Route B and almost reached Megos on the A line (46+). Likewise the Slovenian Luka Potocar with a top and a 46.
The Swiss Sascha Lehmann made it confidently to the final holds on the B route, but was unable to hold them after the dyno. Exactly the same thing happened to the Austrian Jakob Schubert. Since the two reached exactly the same height on the A route, they qualified together in fifth place for the semi-finals.
In addition to youngsters such as Hamish McArthur, Mejdi Schalck, Olympic champion Alberto Gines Lopes and Nino Grünenfelder, as expected, many experienced competitive climbers made it into the semi-finals, including Stefano Ghisolfi and Jorg Verhoeven. The latter even established a knee clamp as a rest point on the B route. A beta that pretty much all subsequent climbers used. Old master Adam Ondra showed the kneebar no hand rest to perfection.
Results qualification lead climbing men
Janja Garnbret also swings in bouldering at the top
The Slovenian seems to be serious about enriching her comprehensive list of medals with European Championship gold. Janja Garnbret doesn't miss a beat in the bouldering discipline and qualifies as the best for the semi-finals with four tops and five zones.
Her pursuers weren't far away today, though. The French Oriane Bertone, for example, also achieved four tops and five zones, simply needs more attempts than the Olympic champion, who flashed three of her four boulders.
The Belgian Chloé Caulier also showed a strong performance, finishing the qualification with three tops and five zones as the best in her group. The Slovenian Vita Lukan and the Swiss Petra Klingler made just as many tops and zones and thus made it into the next round.
After her amazing World Cup season, the German Hannah Meul showed a strong performance in Munich and secured her ticket to the semi-finals, as did the Austrians Jessica Pilz and Franziska Sterrer.
Results Qualification Boulder Women
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Credits: Cover Photo Lena Drapella/IFSC