Will Bosi narrowly misses out on finals in Toulouse Combined Qualifier

Posted by Peter Burnside on 28/11/2019
Will Bosi in the Lead semis of the IFSC World Championships 2019 in Hachioji. Photo: Band of Birds

Will Bosi put in a brilliant performance in the Combined Qualification round and just missed out on making finals. It’s not the end of his Olympic dreams though – there’s still one Olympic Qualification Event remaining in Moscow in March next year.

A solid performance in the Speed qualification round, where Will flew up the wall in 7.311 seconds to place 12th, helped bolster Will’s spirits coming into the Boulder qualification round. While it wasn't one of his fastest times, it meant he still had a high chance of making finals.

The first problem in the Boulder qualification round was a tricky comp-style boulder with a toe-hook catch followed up by a palm-plant jump and then a mantle press – a move which shut down the likes of Jan Hojer. Will topped the boulder with a smile, slightly shocked at finding himself with two hands clasping the finishing hold. The next two boulders also saw Will finding his way to the top, each with a slightly more bemused and yet ecstatic smile on his face as he jumped down to the mats.

Finding himself lining up for the finishing hold of the fourth problem, Will unfortunately slipped off the slab, but he still found himself grinning at coming so close to being the first climber to top all four problems. Unfortunately, Will didn’t manage to finish it off, but he climbed magnificently and better than he’d expected to place 9th, so he was brimming with confidence before coming into the last qualification round, Lead – his strongest discipline. 

After a slight hiccup at the beginning of the Lead qualification round, where a triangular volume peeled away in the hands of Jernej Kruder of Slovenia causing him to fall while the volume narrowly missed him, the Lead round got well underway. The Lead round was incredibly competitive, with many athletes were making it high up on the wall. This meant those wanting to make the final needed to either top the route or come within the last few holds to secure their place.

When it came to his turn, Will needed to climb past hold 46 to secure his place in the final. He soared up the initial headwall, looking comfortable when chalking up and pausing to assess the way forward. But a slight mistake under the lip of the last roof sapped his strength to where the last few moves he made by the skin of his teeth and he fell at hold 44.

Unfortunately, Will missed out in securing a place in the finals this time and provisionally finished in 14th overall. However, this does not rule out Will’s Olympic journey, which will now require him to compete in the Continental Championships – the third and final Olympic Qualification Event in Moscow in March 2020.

Zoe Spriggins, BMC competitions programme manager, says: “Will performed extremely well today and although he didn’t make it at this event, there is still the Continental Championships in Moscow in March next year. We’re gutted for Will but we know he’ll be back to try again!”

Watch the rest of the IFSC Combined Qualifiers event in Toulouse here.


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