Bouldering comments and analysis

EDITORIAL

Tuesday, 3 August

Sensational bouldering by Mickael Mawem getting three tops in four tries and all four zones in five tries. In 2021, his best bouldering WC results, out of four, was #10. On the other hand, he was #4 in the World Championship in 2018 and in 2019, he won the Euro Championship, so he is used to delivering when it really counts.

Jakob Schubert was #18 coming into the third boulder having just made two zones in 12 attempts. Then with just 2.5 minutes left on the clock, he pulls it together and we get the biggest (relief) scream of the night, after Mawem going full-on after each top.

In general, it must be said that the boulders were too hard as the 20 Olympians did only manage to get 20 tops altogether. I have hard times thinking the non-climbers audience appreciated this. However, all four boulders were topped out but only three athletes manage to make the zone on the second boulder. Furthermore, continuing on the positive side, there were no ties.

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