From day one, I have to do everything I can, climber Ondra knows that. He is fighting for the Olympics at the World Cup

Adam Ondra will traditionally be the biggest Czech hope at the Sport Climbing World Championships, which kick off in Bern on Tuesday. The championship will also be the first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Games, the three best climbers in the combined will ensure their passage to Paris 2024.

Eliška Adamovská, who finished second two weeks ago at the struggling World Cup in Briançon, also has a chance to take the lead.

Ondra, 30, has won world championship medals since 2009. He won eleven, including four gold – three in difficulty, one in bouldering. It is in the combination of these two disciplines that the fight for Paris will take place, during the previous Tokyo Olympics, speed was also part of the combination.

Ondra is waiting for the very first day of world block qualifying and he needs to keep his form for the 12 days as the championship will culminate in the combination.

“I wanted to train as much as possible, be ready for the form to last as long as possible. And that’s why I decided to skip the last two World Cup competitions in difficulty at Chamonix and Briancon, France, although I like them very much,” Ondra said in a media recording.

He will be aiming for three medals on the wall in Bern, but he has singled out the combination as his main focus.

“I know that I have to do everything from day one to secure a good place to be nominated in the top 20 of the combined discipline. Then eight competitors will qualify for the final, which will only share three nomination places. at the Olympics,” he explained.

Adamovská will compete for the first time at the World Championships on Wednesday in the struggling qualifying. “Briançon gave me such a boost, I feel more confident. I definitely give myself more chances for the difficulty, but most of all I would like to climb relaxed and not be overwhelmed by stress,” Adamovská said. .

WC program:

Tuesday August 1: 9:00 a.m. men’s block – qualification,

Wednesday August 2: 11 a.m. difficulty women – qualification,

Thursday August 3: 9 a.m. men’s difficulty – qualification, 4 p.m. women’s block – qualification,

Friday August 4: 10 a.m. men’s block – semi-finals, 6:30 p.m. finals,

Saturday August 5: 10 a.m. women’s block – semi-finals, 6:30 p.m. finals,

Sunday August 6: 10 a.m. men’s and women’s difficulty – semi-finals, 6.30 p.m. finals,

Wednesday August 9: 9:00 a.m. combined women – semi-final (block), 1:00 p.m. combined men – semi-final (block), 8:30 p.m. combined men and women – semi-final (difficulty),

Thursday August 10: 9:00 a.m. men’s and women’s speed – qualification, 8:00 p.m. final,

Friday August 11: 7 p.m. women’s combined – final,

Saturday August 12: 4 p.m. combined men – final.

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