Three U.S. athletes qualified for Bouldering semifinals in the 2019 World Championships, which began this past weekend in Hachioji, Japan. Kyra Condie (23), Nathaniel Coleman (22) and Drew Ruana (19) made semis, while Natalia Grossman, from the U.S., missed the qualifying cutoff by one.
In the most prestigious event of the year, attending athletes have the opportunity to earn a World Championship title, and possibly a 2020 Olympic invitation. Over 250 athletes were registered to compete in the 12 day event, beginning Saturday, August 10th.
The competition commenced with women’s bouldering qualification rounds on Sunday. Nearly 90 women fought for a spot in the top 20 to qualify for the semifinal round. Earlier this morning, the men’s bouldering qualification rounds continued the action.
On both sides, the results are thus far unsurprising. Janja Garnbret, who won every single 2019 Bouldering World Cup, qualified in first, with AkiyoNoguchi, who placed second for the 2019 season, in first in her qualifying group. The third place 2019 Overall boulderer, Fanny Gibert (FRA), placed fifth overall and third in her group.
Yoshiyuki Ogata (JPN) and Adam Ondra (CZE) are tied for first going into semifinals. Ogata, the winner of this past Vail Bouldering World Cup, is competing in his first Open World Championships. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN), the Overall 2019 Bouldering winner, finished the qualifying round in fifth.
Results can be found on ifsc-climbing.org. Semifinals start at 9 a.m. JST, or 6 p.m. today, August 12. A link to the live stream and other upcoming rounds is below.
Immediately following this year’s World Championships is the first Tokyo 2020 qualifying event: the World Championships combined. The top seven athletes in the Combined will receive invitations to the Olympics.
Feature Image by Eddie Fowke/IFSC
Tuesday, August 13th
9:00-11:15 JST (6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. MST on Monday) Women Bouldering Semi-Finals
12:45-15:00 JST (9:45p.m. – 12:00 a.m. MST on Monday) Men Bouldering Semi-Finals
16:45-18:15 JST (1:45 a.m. – 3:15 a.m. MST) Women Bouldering Finals
20:00-21:30 JST (5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m. MST) Men Bouldering Finals
Wednesday, August 14th
10:00-19:45 JST (7 p.m. – 4:45 a.m. MST on Tuesday) Men And Women Lead Qualifiers
Thursday, August 15th
11:00-13:30 JST (8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. MST on Wednesday) Men and Women Lead Semi-Finals
19:00-20:00 JST (4 a.m. – 5 a.m. MST) Women Lead Finals
Approx. 20:00-21:00 JST (5 a.m. – 6 a.m. MST) Men Lead Finals
Friday, August 16th
Saturday, August 17th
12:30-16:00 JST (9:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. MST on Friday) Men and Women Speed Qualifiers
17:30-18:30 JST (2:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. MST) Men and Women Speed Finals