IFSC Bouldering World Championships
Type: Competition climbing
System Date: 25/8/2014
The IFSC Bouldering World Championships took place at Munich Germany
last week from Thursday to Friday. Mountaineering Ireland was represented at
the competition by Dominic Burns, Juan O Raw, Daragh O Connor and Jono Redmond.
The team was supported by Alice Duggan.
With over 110 competing in in the male category the climbers were
divided into two qualifying groups. Dominic and Jono climbed in group 1. Daragh
climbed in group 2. Due to a finger tendon injury and a groin strain Juan made
the very hard decision to not compete.
Dominic put in an absolutely amazing performance to place 13th in
his qualifying round. If Dominic had placed in the top ten of his qualifying
group he would have made it through to the semi-final. In placing 13th
in his qualifying group Dominic placed 27th overall. This result saw
Dominic placed just four places behind Rustam Gelmanov who won the 2012 IFSC
Bouldering World Cup and 12 places ahead of the 2014 British Boulder Champion
Jono was reasonably happy with his performance placing 73rd
overall. In the second qualifying group Daragh battled with some of the world’s
best competition climbers to place 91st overall. Both Jono and
Daragh felt that with a little bit more training and competition climbing
experience that he could bring their results up significantly. These strong performances from the three
climbers gave a combined team ranking of 20th overall at the
All these results bode very well for the future of our climbers at the
very highest level of international climbing competitions. The next big
international climbing competition for our climbers is the IFSC European Youth
Bouldering Championships at Arco, Italy in early September. Mountaineering
Ireland Youth Climbing Team Coach Terry O Connor will accompany a strong squad
of four young climbers, Dominic Burns, Daragh O Connor, Eoin Acton and Jamie
Rankin to this event.