Munich 2017 Bouldering World Cup Finals
As the sun sank over Munich we were treated to the finale of a huge weekend. In a split final (something we’ll see more of sadly in 2018) we got to see the top six female boulderers in action followed by the top six male boulderers.
The women’s finals were held first, and by the second problem the risks of a split final were made obvious as competitor after competitor failed to unlock the start. A move only solved by Stasa Gejo who went on to heartbreakingly drop the top move, and Janja Garnbret who stuck an amazing catch on the final hold to show the problem could go.
The third problem proved to have the same issues, and with the exception of Stasa who fought her way to the top we were treated to 20 minutes of not much…
In the end Janja prevailed, taking victory over season champion Shauna Coxsey with Japans Akiyo Noguchi in third. For all her impressive work on the harder two middle problems Stasa had to settle for fourth, her fatigue surely a result of the superfinal she’d had to complete in the afternoon.
As the sun finally dipped below the horizon the Men came out, four Japanese, one Korean and one (very popular) German. The men had much faster boulders, with only the second really proving a nightmare for the climbers. Jan Hojer avoided the momentum move with a long press and got the only top of the problem. Would the German star’s Munich curse be broken?
The answer, to the delight of the home crowd was yes! Second was Japanese star Tomoa Naraski and young up and comer Taisei Ishimatsu came in just an attempt behind in third.
As always, higher res copies of the photos are available to download for personal use at https://circuit.smugmug.com/Munich-2017-WC-Finals/