The 2nd leg of the 2011 World Cup Bouldering circuit took place this past weekend in Log-Dragomer, Slovenia with France’s Guillaume Glairon-Mondet wining for the men and Austria’s Anna Stöhr winning on the women’s side. For the Americans, Alex Johnson finished in 10th and Alex Puccio made her way onto the podium for the first time ever in a non-U.S. World Cup finishing 3rd. Here are the rest of the results from the top 6:
|2011 Bouldering World Cup – Log-Dragomer, Slovenia|
|Men’s Final Results||Women’s Final Results|
Over on the ClimbingNarc Facebook page a reader asked a question about the World Cup’s scoring system, so now seems like as good a time as any to revisit that subject. The first thing to understand is that there are only two holds that count for scoring on each of the 4 problems competitors climbed in finals (or any round for that matter): the bonus hold and a top hold. No other holds matters for scoring purposes. The other component for scoring purposes is the number of attempts it takes a climber to reach each of these holds.
So, the best way to interpret the results is to simply read them from left to right. If we take Guillaume Glairon-Mondet’s score of 3t3 4b6 as an example it can read as saying that he topped out 3 problems, taking 3 attempts total to reach those 3 tops. He also reached 4 bonus holds taking 6 attempts total to reach those 4 bonus holds. In other words, he flashed 3 of the problems (3 tops in 3 tries) and reached the bonus hold on a fourth problem in 3 attempts (he would have reached 3 of the bonus holds in 3 tries while flashing those problems which leaves 3 attempts for the final bonus hold).
Once you have a grasp on this interpretation, ranking the competitors against one another is pretty easy once you know how the IFSC breaks things down. Here is how the rankings are described in the IFSC rulebook:
After each round, the competitors shall be ranked according to the following criteria:
- The number of successfully completed boulders
- The total number of attempts to complete the boulders
- The total number of bonus points
- The total number of attempts to achieve these bonus point
So, if we take Glairon-Mondet’s score of 3t3 4b6 and compare it with Sharafutdinov’s 3t6 4b9 we see that even though they both topped out 3 problems Glairon-Mondet’s tops only took 3 attempts which is why he came out on top.
Another example would be to compare Jenny Lavarda (0t 1b1) and Natlija Gros (0t 1b2) on the women’s side. Neither of them topped out a boulder (0t) so we move to bonus holds to separate the two. Lavarda reached her 1 bonus hold in 1 attempt while Gros took 2 attempts to reach her 1 bonus hold which is how we come up with Lavarda finishing in 5th and Gros finishing in 6th.
Got all that?
Put your World Cup scoring skills to the test this weekend when the circuit moves to Vienna, Austria. Watch a live broadcast of the comp at IFSC.tv, and come back here next week where we’ll have a scoring quiz to see if you were paying attention 🙂