Munich has become a staple in the IFSC season, hosting Bouldering events every year this decade. This year, 292 athletes from 47 countries are registered to compete in the famous Olympiapark for another decisive event.

Fri. Aug. 18: Men’s Qualifications is at 1 a.m. EST and Women’s at 11 a.m. EST
Sat. Aug 19: Semifinals at 4 a.m. and Finals at 2 p.m.

IFSC Breakdown: Japan is in control of the team Bouldering rankings, with seven men and four women ranked in the top ten.

Akiyo Noguchi, Keita Watabe and 2016 Munich winners Miho Nonaka and Tomoa Narasaki are all positioned well to make bids for the season podium, and Yoshiyuki Ogata should impress after winning Gold at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw.

Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey already secured the season title with her fourth victory of the season at IFSC World Cup Navi Mumbai, and Jongwon Chon of Korea leads the way for the men with three wins.

Russia’s Aleksei Rubtsov has made the most podiums for the men this year (4), and he is a strong contender for the season title since the lowest of seven scores is dropped in the final rankings.

After missing Navi Mumbai, Janja Garnbret is back on the start list and can finish on the season podium with a strong performance in Munich. She will be joined by Lead star and Slovenian teammate Mina Markovic.

Be sure to follow the progress of Stasa Gejo of Serbia as well, winner in Wroclaw.

More athletes will compete from the host country than from anywhere else, with Alma Bestvater, David Firnenburg, Jan Hojer, and Monika Retschy at the forefront of a large German team of 32 athletes.

The French team will also be well represented, with 2016 Munich finalists Manuel Cornu and Mickael Mawem climbing alongside Jeremy Bonder, Fanny Gibert and Alban Levier. From the United States, veteran Alex Puccio leads a young and talented American team.

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