The final round of the Bouldering World Cup is set to start in Munich on Friday the 29th of July.
Currently in the lead in the men's competition is Kilian Fishcuber, the very talented Austrian team member. Killian, based in Innsbruck and born 1983, has won several rounds of this and last year's bouldering world cup and is well placed to take the crown this year.
The only competitor with a chance of snatching the title from Killian is Adam Ondra. The Brno based youngster (born 1993) has just won the Salewa climbing award at the Arco Rockmaster for his performance and contribution to outdoor climbing over the last twelve months, but interestingly, he came very close to winning the La Sportiva competition award for his efforts on the plastic too - this is a climber who can operate at the highest level in all disciplines.
Killian is currently ranked in first place with 429 points, Ondra in second with 415 points. To beat Killian, Ondra must gain considerable ground in the next round, which means he is going to have his work cut out.
The women's competition sees Belgian climber Chloe Graftiaux out in front with 424 points, closely followed by Austrian Anna Stohr who has 405 points and in third place with 398 poins is Akiyo Noguchi, the smiling Japanese competitor who took the La Sportiva competition award in Arco for her positive passion and energy with which she has competed in the last year.
It is possible for any of these three women to lift the crown and win the world cup.
The British team have had a remarkable season in 2010, with Stew Watson currently ranked in seventh place and looking on good form to finish well in to the top ten. Dave Barrans is currently in sixteenth place and a good result in Munich could bring him close to tenth place. Barrans has been climbing with a finger injury so far this season but says this is now "well on the mend".
Good luck to the whole British team this weekend.
The event will be shown via a live video stream online here: www.boulder-worldcup-2010.de
VIDEO: Chloe Graftiaux - currently in first place - gives her thoughts on the 2010 World Cup: