Sport Climbing was one of eight sports vying for a last place at the 2020 Olympics. On 29 May, each sport presented its bid to the IOC Executive Board in St Petersburg, Russia, before the final shortlist was announced. First of all congratulations and best wishes to the athletes of the three selected sports for the final vote on 7 September at the 125th Session in Buenos Aires. Despite we climb day by day higher faster and stronger, we did not make it. Now it is time to go climbing again says Marco Scolaris, IFSC President.
The fifth stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2013 took place and was won by the German climbers Jan Hojer and Juliane Wurm. It had been on the cards for a while, a win by Jan Hojer and Juliane Wurm. The two German climbers have been improving rapidly in recent years and increasingly earned themselves a place in the all-important Finals, but despite having won bronze and silver, neither of them had ever managed to snatch gold. Until Saturday evening that is when, in the fully-packed Marktplatz in the centre of Innsbruck,
both finally stood at the very top of the podium, beating local favourites Anna Stöhr and Kilian Fischhuber as well as two other major contenders for overall World Cup victory, Russia’s Dmitrii Sharafutdinov and Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi.
The fourth stage of the Bouldering World Cup 2013 was won in Log – Dragomer (Slovenia) by Canada’s Sean McColl and the incredible Austrian Anna Stöhr: this is her fourth consecutive victory.
Ronnie O’Sullivan won his fifth World Championship crown with an 18-12 victory over a game Barry Hawkins. Defending champion O’Sullivan played magnificently, compiling a new record of six centuries in a Crucible final. But world number 14 Hawkins, who many thought would be blown away, played his part with some quality snooker himself. O’Sullivan is only the third man to retain the title at the venue and his victory will go down as one of the great sporting comebacks. “That is the hardest anyone has pushed me,” he said in paying tribute to a “brilliant tournament” from Hawkins. “I just couldn’t get rid of him but I hung in there. It was a brilliant final and it was just good to be part of it.”