Guangzhou 2016 Youth World Climbing Championships preview
WYCH is being held later than usual, at the end of a long and gruelling season, which has forced many top climbers to maintain their training well into what I sure they were hoping would be a positive and relaxing off season. It has also clashed with high school and college timetables meaning some climbers have elected to skip the event and focus on their studies as a priority.
So what can we expect in Guangzhou? Thankfully cooling temperatures are forecast, meaning most days the climbers will be competing in relatively mild temperatures in the low 20’s. For the first day (the first route of Lead qualifications) and the last day (Bouldering finals) we are expecting much warmer days, closer to 30c which could make things tough, especially for the boulderers on friction dependent problems.
We will see three new World Champions in Juniors at a minimum across bouldering and Lead with only defending Boulder champ Stasa Gejo young enough to defend her title.
In the younger categories of Youth A and Youth B most of the strong contenders are back and we’ll be looking to see them pick up where they left off last time around in Arco 2015.
Who to watch? Well there are many, the fields are stacked with strong fields across the board. If you’ve been following thecircuitclimbing on Instagram you’ll have seen our early predictions but of course there are many more than the few we’ve featured.
Drawcards like Janja Garnbret and Miho Nonaka, both winners of World Cups this year, will draw a lot of attention and deservedly so. We also have a decent number of World Cup finalists and semi-finalists who will be looking to stamp their place in history and get a World Champions medal.
After the Olympic decision all eyes will also be on the combined event, as its likely the athletes standing on the podiums in Tokyo 2020 will be amongst those competing in China. Here we will see that there is a pronounced gap between the Speed athletes and the Lead and Boulder specialists as many climbers haven’t yet starting focusing their training towards combined results. Look for a few upsets in combined!
Every day thecircuitclimbing.com will be bringing updates from the venue and at the completion of each day’s competition.
As video coverage is expected to be delayed this will contain spoilers. All I can say is that is on the Chinese for failing to provide a stable streaming platform, we will not stop bringing the news (and of course we won’t be the only ones).
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