Bouldering joy for Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki and Slovenian Janja Gambret at the Rockstars event in Stuttgart
Japanese and Slovenian clinch bouldering success
SHOWS: STUTTGART, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24, 2016) (QUATTRO MEDIA – ACCESS ALL)
1. SLOVENIAN JANJA GAMBRET WALKING OUT FOR FINAL
2. AUSTRIAN JESSICA PILZ WALKING OUT FOR FINAL
3. PILZ FALLING FROM CLIMBING WALL
4. VARIOUS OF GAMBRET CLIMBING
5. CROWD CHEERING
6. VARIOUS OF GAMBRET REACHING TOP OF CLIMBING WALL AND WINNING FINAL
7. GAMBRET CELEBRATING
8. CROWD CHEERING
9. JAPAN’S TOMOA NARASAKI WALKING OUT FOR FINAL
10. GERMANY’S JAN HOJER WALKING OUT FOR FINAL
11. FINAL STARTING
12. VARIOUS OF NARASAKI REACHING TOP FIRST AND CELEBRATING WIN
13. NARASAKI AND HOJER EMBRACING ON TOP OF WALL
14. NARASAKI CELEBRATING
15. FANS CHEERING
16. WINNERS BEING PRESENTED WITH TROPHIES
17. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) MEN’S WINNER, TOMOA NARASAKI, SAYING:
“This year I would like to become the number one boulderer so continuing to win is very important so winning this title here makes me very happy.”
18. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WOMEN’S WINNER, JANJA GAMBRET, SAYING:
“I said to myself now I am just going to have fun and let’s see what comes. So, I was so tired but just on the last try I gave 100 percent and yes, it happened.”
19. WINNERS ON PODIUM
STORY: Bouldering, a sport that will make its debut at the 2020 Olympics, brings rock climbing excitement to Germany as Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki and Slovenian Janja Garnbret clinched success at the Rockstars event in Stuttgart on Saturday (September 24).
Over 3,000 fans packed into Stuttgart’s Porsche-Arena to enjoy the spectacle and cheer on the climbers in a thrilling atmosphere.
The boulderers responded with some excellent climbing.
Slovenian Janja Gambret, who is just 17 years old, won an exhausting final ahead of Austrian Jessica Pilz.
Pilz made a good start before dropping to the ground before, after five energy-sapping attempts, Gambret made it to the top of the wall and hit the buzzer, claiming victory.
“I said to myself now I am just going to have fun and let’s see what comes. So, I was so tired but just on the last try I gave 100 percent and yes, it happened,” said Gambret after the final.
In the men’s final, the result was more straightforward.
World champion Tomoa Narasaki from Japan and the reigning European Champion Jan Hojer competed in the final but it was the Japanese who emerged victorious with some sensationally quick climbing.
Narasaki will have his sights set on home success at Tokyo 2020.
“This year I would like to become the number one boulderer so continuing to win is very important so winning this title here makes me very happy,” he said.
Over 35 million people go climbing worldwide, leading the International Olympic Committee to decide to add the competitive sport of bouldering to the 2020 summer games in Tokyo.
Over 20 nations were represented at the Rockstars bouldering event.
1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)
2. Jessica Pilz (AUT)
3. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
1. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
2. Jan Hojer (GER)
3. Jongwon Chon (KOR)