The World Cup circus moves on to the Land of Smiles, to be precise: to the Chinese city of Chongqing. Who at 3. Boulder and 2. Speed World Cup of the season from the podium places in the audience will smile, is still in the stars. Less uncertain are the athletes competing for the tops in China: Once again, it is the world selection that will compete against each other in the Olympic qualification year.
The list of contenders and pretenders to Final tickets is long: While in the speed disciplines at best France has a chance from a Western point of view, it is clearly multicultural to bouldering.
International prominence at the start
In bouldering, it is mainly the Japanese and Western nations that dominate. In Chongqing again the biggest names are on the entry list: Adam Ondra (CZE), who can already win a win and a second place, Jernej Kruder (SLO), who was able to win in Moscow, as well Tomoa Narasaki (JPN), who paused in Moscow, but is generally one of the strongest boulderers in the world. They are all hot candidates for a podium finish.
Also on the women's start list are the most important names: The Frenchwoman Fanny Gibert, Shauna Coxsey (GBR), who after a long break from injury, scores one medal after the other, Janja Garnbret (SLO), who seems to have booked first place (in two out of two World Cups) this season as well Akiyo Noguchi, who is back in the game after her break in Russia and last year became Vice-Overall World Cup winner.
Switzerland, Germany and Austria are starting with the following athletes
For Switzerland, the four athletes compete Petra Klingler, Anne-Sophie Koller, Sascha Lehmann and Nils Favre in Chongqing. Germany is with Yannick Flohé, Jan Hojer, Alex Megos, Max Kleesattel and Kim Marschner are represented by the men and Alma Bestvater, Hannah Meul and Afra Hönig are women. Austria sends Jakob Schubert, Jessica mushroom, Florian Klingler, Georg Parma, Sandra Lettner, Alfons Dornauer, Julia Pinggera and Laura Stöckler into the race.
Program 2. World Cup Moscow
Friday, 26.4.2019: Speed
- 13.00 - 17.00 watch: Qualification ladies and men (first ladies, then men)
- 19.00 - 20.00 Watch: Final Ladies and Gentlemen (Livestream see below)
Saturday, 27.4.2019: Bouldering
- 10.00 - 15.00 Watch: Men's Qualification
- 16.30 - 20.00 Watch: Women's Qualification
Sunday 28.4.2019: Bouldering
- 09.30 - 11.45 Watch: Semifinals Ladies and Gentlemen (Livestream see below)
- 17.00 - 18.30 Watch: Final Men (Livestream see below)
- 18.30 - 20.00 Watch: Final Ladies (Livestream see below)
Central European Time = indicated time plus six hours
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Credits: cover picture Eddie Fowke / IFSC, text passages DAV