Jakob Schubert dominates the combined final at the Sport Climbing World Championships in Bern. The Austrian wins his second gold medal and the coveted Olympic ticket within a week. Colin Duffy and Tomoa Narasaki also qualified for Paris with their silver and bronze medals respectively.
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He saw came and conquered. This is how the finale of the combined bouldering and lead format can be summarized in a nutshell. Jakob Schubert started extremely strong in the bouldering competition. The Austrian topped all four boulders and thus created a promising starting position for the upcoming lead competition. There he reached the highest point - that was enough for the second gold medal and the ticket for Paris 2024.
After bouldering a lot is still open
But Schubert was far from the only one who bouldered heavily. Also the Japanese veteran Tomoa Narasaki seemed to be in full flow and took four tops. In addition to the two youngsters Sorato Anraku and Colin Duffy also succeeded the darling of the public from the Czech Republic, Adam Ondra, a tailor-made start: Three tops and two zones – the lead could be built on that.
Ondra got a long way up the 15 meter high wall, but not far enough. Disappointment was written all over his face as soon as he let it go. And when he, who tackled the lead route in third place, was slowly pushed back and pushed off the podium, his hopes of an early Olympic qualification were finally dashed.
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Duffy and Narasaki: Thanks to consistency on the podium
One who climbed very strongly and consistently throughout the evening was 19-year-old American Colin Duffy. He, who was already climbing at the Olympic Games in Tokyo when he was young but had a rather mixed season at the moment, was all the happier about the silver medal and the Olympic ticket.
27-year-old Japanese Tomoa Narasaki had finished top of the bouldering competition and completed his performance in the combined final with 57 points in the lead. With more than half of the finalists falling just below or above the 60 mark, that result was enough for the bronze medal and qualification for Paris 2024.
Roberts and Anraku not at their best
Toby Roberts, who already fell short of his expectations in the lead final, wasn't able to trump as desired in his parade discipline in the combined final either. Although he achieved the third-best result with 64.1, this was not enough for a place on the podium in the environment of the strong finalists.
The Japanese youngster Sorato Anraku shouldn't be completely satisfied with his performance either. He finished bouldering third best, but fell too early in the lead for his standards. So he ended up in the thankless fourth place. At least he can console himself with the fact that he already has a silver medal at the World Championships and, at the young age of 16, has the best chance of shaking up the world's climbing elite in the coming years.
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Ranking Final combined format Bouldering & Lead
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