The Circuit Male competition climber of 2016: Marcin Dzienski
Speed climbing is tough. Competition is brutal and the slightest hesitation or slip will prove your undoing in event where the winner will to be climbing consistently right on or under 6 seconds just to stay in the competition.
As such consistency in Speed is notoriously hard to find. To win an event you will need to string together at least 4 good runs. To win four international events in a row though?
Poland’s Marcin Dzienski started the 2016 well with semifinal appearances in the first Chinese swing of the year, managing 4th in Chongqing before improving to 3rd in Nanjing.
Then, in an incredible run of form he won every race for the next three World Cup’s in a row, taking victory in the horribly wet and blustery conditions in Chamonix, France, then backing it up with victories in Villars and Arco. Three World Cup victories against super tough competition, 12 final round races without defeat! (Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, finals)
If it had stopped there Marcin’s year would already have been a massive success, but then, in Paris, at the World Championships, he did it again! Four consecutive events at the highest level without a loss.
Closing out the year Marcin again battled horrible conditions, 3rd place in nasty, wet conditions in Wujiang in October being his first loss in over four months.
Uncharacteristically Marcin slipped to a 13th place finish in Xiamen to finish the season, but dropping his worst result (as you do when there are sic or more World Cups in a season) Marcin comfortably took victory in the Overall.
So, with 2 World Cup wins, the World Cup overall and the World Championship to his name in 2016 Marcin Dzienski is thecircuitclimbing.com’s pick for male competition climber of the year.