French one-two: Mickael Mawem gold, Mejdi Schalck silver | Result final bouldering men

The first gold medalist was crowned this evening at the Sport Climbing World Championships in Bern: Frenchman Mickael Mawem. His teammate Mejdi Schalck won the silver medal. The Korean Dohyun Lee climbs to third place.

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What a final! After everything had looked like the 16-year-old Japanese in the qualification and in the semi-finals Sorato Anraku would march through to the world championship title, the tide turned as the competition went on. In the end it was enough for the veteran Michael Mawem in the fourth boulder already a zone for World Cup gold.

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The world champion podium in the individual discipline bouldering: Mejdi Schalck (silver), Mickael Mawem (gold) and Dohyun Lee (bronze). Image: Lena Drapella
The world champion podium in the individual discipline bouldering: Mejdi Schalck (silver), Mickael Mawem (gold) and Dohyun Lee (bronze). Image: Lena Drapella

Strong start for almost all finalists

At the first final boulder, the top-class starting field was still close together: Schalck, Mawem and Anraku flashed the problem, Lee needed three attempts, Fujii and Uznik secured the zone. The second boulder delivered a similar result: tops for Mawem, Lee and Anraku, zones for Schalck, Uznik and Fujii.


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The 16-year-old Japanese Sorato Anraku gave everything in the Boulder final. In the end it was "only" enough for fourth place. Image: Jan Virt
The 16-year-old Japanese Sorato Anraku gave everything in the Boulder final. In the end it was "only" enough for fourth place. Image: Jan Virt

The tide turns at boulder three

Something like a turning point was problem three, a jump & run boulder that only the two French were able to top. The Korean Dohyun Lee still fought for the zone, the remaining three finalists went away empty-handed.

Nicolai Uznik showed his strength again on the Boulder M4 and was the only one to reach the top. Dohyun Lee and Kokoro Fujii. Mejdi Schalck solved the campus moves relatively quickly, but was no longer able to control the final grip.

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Mickael Mawem keeps his nerve

So it was clear for Mickael Mawem: If he succeeds in a zone or a top, he is the new bouldering world champion. Said and done. Cheered on by the crowd, he once again gathered all his strength and shot into the zone.

When the last Sorato Anraku stepped onto the mat, the bouldering world champion was already certain. However, the remaining podium places were open. However, the Japanese youngster was unable to solve boulder four and had to make do with the thankless fourth place. Mickael Mawem and Mejdi Schalck were all the happier about the French double victory.

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Ranking Boulder Final Men

RankFirst NameNameCountryqualificationsemifinalsFinal
1MICHAELMAWEMFRA3t4z 16 133t4z 7 83t4z 8 12
2MEJDISCHALCKFRA3t4z 7 103t3z 8 62t4z 5 10
3DOHYUNREADKOR3t3z 12 123t3z 10 82t3z 5 15
4SORATOANRAKUJPN5t5z 11 104t4z 11 52t2z 3 3
5NICOLAIUZNIKTUE3t4z 6 102t4z 2 71t3z 2 5
6KOKOROFUJIIJPN3t5z 5 83t4z 10 60t2z 0 3

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