So this year city of Split in Croatia was a host to 3 sports for European Universities Championships: Basketball 3x3, Volleyball and Climbing!
I have already experienced universities sports games last year
and they were a blast, so I expected the same.
Free acommodation in students' dormitories with all other competitors has to result in a lot of fun.
Of course, I was proudly representing University of Zagreb
As all disciplines were present, there were 3 whole days of competition.
First was my dearest, the boulder. There was good routesetting done by Slovenians, and routes were really on high level, with lots of volumes, something not usually seen in Croatia. In the qualifications I have a pretty shameful story to tell.
Basically when I was checking out one of the boulders I didn't realise there is one more hold just under the top edge of boulder, and I thought the bonus hold is actually the top. As you can imagine, when I got to bonus and turned head to judge who then nodded ( thinking I want to check if I have bonus) I casually released the hold in a cool manner thinking I had another easy flash, and just as I did that I realised that wasn't the top at all... Oh how angry I was on myself after that.
In the finals I didnt feel I climbed at my best, especially on one running jump where I had way too many tries. In the end I finished with wooden medal, 4th place.
Don't have much to say here, I don't have much pump for longer lead routes. Both routes needed to be almost topped for finals, and I was 1 hold short of the finals in the end.
Now speed was one intense competition!
Lately I started to enjoy speed a lot. The wall was a bit shorter than 10 metres, with not much friction. I think that suited me because I can adapt to it, as I don't have such developed muscle memory as other speeders.
I got easily into first 16, then first 8,
and then quarter finals battle was a drama. I won for a mere 1 hundreth, 4.98 to 4.99. Wow, what a feeling that was. When we hit the taster, there was a second of silence among the crowd as they weren't sure who is first, and when everyone processed what happened there were suddenly shouts of joy, and I knew I won then.
Unfortunately, I slipped in half finals, and in small finals lost to a Russian for 5 hundreths, resulting in another wooden medal for me.
I was still totally satisfied with my runs, managing to compete quite closely to some guys that train speed much more than I. Here is where I see most room for improvement in order to qualify for Olympics.