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NEWS: IFSC Boulder World Cup 2019: Munich - Report

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 UKC News 21 May 2019
The fifth round of the IFSC Boulder World Cup 2019 took place in Munich's Olympiastadion, Germany last weekend. Typically the final round of the series, this year the event was brought forward from August to May due to the hectic schedule of an Olympic qualification year. Nonetheless, a change in status to penultimate round didn't seem to dampen the traditionally electric atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium - a fitting venue ahead of Sport Climbing's Olympic debut next year.

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 Rad 22 May 2019

"An interesting piece of trivia: due to the number of zones attained now taking priority over attempts to tops, Schubert won, but based on the old rules where attempts to tops took precedence over zones, Ondra would have won."

Indeed. I, for one, am glad to see this change because it means every boulder counts and the last one is more likely to determine the final results, as it did this time around.

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In reply to UKC News:

a bit harsh not to mention Fanny Gibert’s incredible performance?

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 Ged Desforges 22 May 2019

Could somebody in the know explain what the whole zones thing means?

In reply to Ged Desforges:

A zone is a hold considered difficult to attain roughly halfway up a problem that helps to separate the field more than just using tops. It doesn't have to be particularly high, it could be the next hold after getting in/out of a tricky start position, for example. Used to be called a bonus hold, which to my mind is more self-explanatory!

 tjdodd 22 May 2019
In reply to Ged Desforges:

It is a way of differentiating climbers who do not get to the top of the problem.  Crudely think of it as credit for getting halfway (although in reality the zone is usually not halfway and is not actually a zone, it is a hold).  Does that make sense?

 Ged Desforges 22 May 2019
In reply to Natalie Berry - UKC:

A bonus hold, thanks! That makes much more sense! 


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