Watch the IFSC European Championships—Olympic Qualifying Event

The next Olympic-qualifying event starts tomorrow, November 21, in Moscow, Russia. The top placing man and woman will earn invitations to the 2020 Tokyo Games, provided their country has not already filled its quota.

Only athletes that tested negative for COVID-19 will be participating. Several national federations, including those of France, Austria and Italy, will not send athletes. ⁠

On the men’s side, some top athletes to watch for Olympic qualification include Jernej Kruder (SLO), Jan Kriz (CZE) and Sascha Lehmann (SUI)—all of whom placed highly in the 2019 Hachioji Combined World Championships. Other top competitors to watch include Alex Khazanov (ISR), winner of 2018 Tai’an Bouldering World Cup; William Bosi (GBR), placed 14th in 2019 Toulouse Combined Qualifier; Aleksey Rubtsov (RUS), winner of 2017 Hachioji Bouldering World Cup; and Dmitrii Timofeev (RUS), winner of 2019 Wujiang Speed World Cup.

On the women’s side, Molly Thompson-Smith (GBR), Stasa Gejo (SRB) and Elena Krasovskaia (RUS) are, based on their 2019 world rankings, the top athletes to watch for Olympic-qualification. Others include Aleksandra Kalucka (POL), fifth in 2019 Hachioji Speed World Championships; and Chloe Caulier (BEL), seventh in 2019 Chongqing Bouldering World Cup.

The schedule is below. Stay tuned for updates. Live stream links can be found here.


Saturday 21st November

14.00            Speed Qualifications
18.30            Speed Finals
                      Following Award Ceremony

Sunday 22nd November

9.00            Women’s Boulder Qualifications
16.00          Men’s Boulder Qualifications 

Monday 23rd November

11.00            Boulder Semi-Finals
16.45            Women’s Boulder Finals
18:30            Men’s Boulder Finals
                      Following Award Ceremony 

Tuesday 24th November

11.00            Lead Qualifications

Wednesday 25th November

11.00            Lead Semi-Finals 
19.00           Women’s Lead Finals
20.00          Men’s Lead Finals
                     Following Award Ceremony 

Thursday 26th November

Rest day

Friday 27th November


10.00           Speed Qualifications
11.30           Boulder Qualifications
18.00          Lead Qualifications

Saturday 28th November


15.50           Women’s Speed Finals
16.30           Men’s Speed Finals
17.30           Women’s Boulder Finals
19.00          Men’s Boulder Finals
21.00          Women’s Lead Finals
After            Men’s Lead Finals
                    Following Award Ceremony

Feature Image by Eddie Fowke/IFSC

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