The Olympic Combined Olympic Combined format was used for the first time at the 2018 World Climbing Championships in Innsbruck. The athletes compete against each other in the three disciplines of lead, speed and bouldering. How the Olympic format works, we explain to you here.

The first discipline of the Olympic Combination format in climbing is speed. After a short break (15 minutes) follows with the bouldering the second discipline. Finally, the athletes in the Lead discipline compete against each other.

The process of discipline Speed

In speed climbing in the first round, the first-placed against the sixth-placed, the runner-up against the fifth-placed and the third placed against the fourth-placed. Then it's off to a second round in which the three winners and the fastest loser of the first round duel with each other. The third and last round includes the big and the small final of the discipline Speed.

The flow-of-discipline speed is-in three-stage divided

The discipline Speed ​​in a combined format - Olympic Combined (picture Expa Pictures).
The discipline Speed ​​in a combined format - Olympic Combined (picture Expa Pictures).

This is how the discipline of bouldering in the Olympic format works

Following the discipline Speed ​​six athletes compete against each other. The starting list in bouldering corresponds to the reversed intermediate result (speed result). Among the six participants, one round will be held, which corresponds to the final of the single format Bouldering. This means that the six athletes complete a total of four boulders and have four minutes each.

The discipline bouldering in the combined format - Olympic Combined (picture Expa Pictures).
The discipline bouldering in the combined format - Olympic Combined (picture Expa Pictures).

The last discipline in the Olympic Combination format is lead climbing

In the third discipline, lead climbing, the starting list is again due to the reversal of the intermediate result. In lead climbing, the rank is the height (number of handles) achieved by the athlete. The higher the better.

The Lead / Climbing discipline in combined format - Olympic Combined (Image Expa Pictures).
The Lead / Climbing discipline in combined format - Olympic Combined (Image Expa Pictures).

That's how the ranks are made

The ranking is determined by a points system. For the creation of the ranking, the results (placement) from the three disciplines are multiplied. The fewer points that result, the better. If two athletes have the same number of points (ex-aequo), then the one who was in two disciplines wins the other. Example: Athlete A takes the first place in the discipline Speed, the third place in bouldering and the fourth place in the lead (1 x 3 x 4). He therefore has 12 points and beats athlete B, who takes the second in speed, the first in bouldering, and the sixth in the lead (2 x 1 x 6) because he achieved a higher place in speed and in the lead.

Ex-aequo cases

In the case of the World Championships, the qualification always refers to the individual disciplines previously held. If two athletes have the same time in speed, the qualification will be used. Your fastest qualifying time is compared. In the case of two false starts in the first round, both athletes are also separated after their time in qualifying. If in bouldering two athletes are equal, the result from the qualification will be used. If two athletes achieve the same score in the lead, the time is taken first. If the tie remains, the result from the qualification is used.

What happens in exceptional cases?

In the unlikely event that of three athletes each in a combination discipline once the first, once occupied the second and once the third place, so the qualification result of the combination is used. So the ranking with which the athletes started in the Olympic combination format.

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Credits: Titelbild Moritz Lovers / KVOE, Text zVg / Austria Climbing

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