McColl Wins Overall World Championships
More than 16,000 spectators lined up in Paris to see 500 athletes from 60 countries compete for the coveted title of World Champion.
On Saturday, during men's bouldering finals, Dmitry Sharafutdinov flashed three of the four problems, taking first place—his second World Championship title. Kilian Fischhuber and Rustam Gelmanov each topped three finals boulders, finishing second and third, consecutively. Sean McColl easily topped out the first two boulders, but was shut down by a tricky traverse on the third problem and needed two attempts to finish the final problem, landing him at fourth place.
The same day, Angela Eiter swept the women’s lead event, climbing four holds higher than silver medalist Jain Kim. Johanna Ernst fell two holds lower than Kim, rounding out the top three.
Sunday opened with women’s bouldering. No one finished all four problems; Mélanie Sandoz and Olga Iakovleva each topped three boulders, with Sandoz taking fewer attempts and winning the gold. Anna Stöhr, last year's bouldering champ, finished third behind Iakovleva. Despite a strong year of competing, Alex Puccio finished at ninth.
During men's lead finals, Jakob Schubert climbed to a clear high point, securing a win over McColl, who finished second. Adam Ondra fell six holds lower than McColl, grabbing the bronze medal.
Having competed in all three disciplines, including speed, McColl placed first in overall rankings, followed by Cédric Lachat and Thomas Tauporn. Shane Puccio of the U.S. tied for 10th overall. Jain Kim took home top honors in overall rankings, followed by Cecile Avezou and Barbara Bacher. The U.S.A's Delaney Miller tied for 11th overall.
Running alongside the World Championships was the Paraclimbing World Championships, hosting amputees, visually impaired athletes, and more. Craig DeMartino, a USA climber who lost his left leg in a climbing accident, took third place.
Men’s bouldering final results
- Dmitry Sharafutdinov (Russia)
- Kilian Fischhuber (Austria)
- Rustam Gelmanov (Russia)
- Sean McColl (Canada)
- Jan Hojer (Germany)
- Rei Sugimoto (Japan)
Other American finishes: Carlo Traversi (29th), Sebastien Lazure (59th), Ethan Pringle (59th), Austin Geiman (65th), Joseph Gifford (83rd), Shane Puccio (87th), and Ayodele Sopeju (87th).
Women’s bouldering final results
- Mélanie Sandoz (France)
- Olga Iakovleva (Russia)
- Anna Stöhr (Austria)
- Ceclie Avezou (France)
- Jain Kim (Korea)
- Akiyo Noguchi (Japan)
Other American finishes: Alex Puccio (9th), Angela Payne (18th), Elizabeth Asher (31st), Delaney Miller (45th), Thomasina Pidgeon (47th), and Kelly Drager (53rd).
Men’s lead final results
- Jakob Schubert (Austria)
- Sean McColl (Canada)
- Adam Ondra (Czech Republic)
- Ramón Julian Puigblanque (Spain)
- Jorg Verhoven (Netherlands)
- Romain Desgranges (France)
Other American finishes: Vasya Vorotnikov (37th), Ethan Pringle (51st), Robert Stewart-Patterson (57th), Joseph Gifford (67th), Dominic LaBarge (71st), and Shane Puccio (77th).
Women’s lead final results
- Angela Eiter (Austria)
- Kim Jain (Korea)
- Johanna Ernst (Austria)
- Momoka Oda (Japan)
- Charlotte Durif (France)
- Matilda Söderlund (Sweden)
Other American finishes: Delaney Miller (31st), Michaela Kiersch (47th), and Tegan Wilson (57th).
Full results here.