The Tyrolean crowned himself University World Champion after a strong and consistent performance. But that's not all: teammate Lukas Knapp (MCI Management Center Innsbruck) puts up an incredible fight and rewards himself with the bronze medal.
Local hero Tobias Plangger withstood the great pressure and qualified for the final of the best 16 athletes with the fastest time of 5.69 seconds. Teammate Lukas Knapp made it more exciting, had to put all his eggs in one basket in the second run and also entered the final in 13th place. Whereas Plangger was able to perform his runs confidently despite a few moments of shock, Knapp narrowly survived the eighth and quarter finals - until it came to a direct duel in the semifinals. There, Knapp risked everything, but paved the way for his teammate to reach the final due to a false start. Plangger, who had recently made history with his podium finish in the World Cup, added a fine chapter to his still young, successful career and crowned himself World Champion after a thrilling final run. Knapp also had luck on his side in the race for third place and ensured an incredible Tuesday evening from an Austrian perspective with bronze.
"A lot of stones fell from my heart after the final. The inner pressure was very big and has become more and more from run to run. You try to play it down, but in front of a home crowd at a world championship you just want to deliver. I am incredibly happy that it was enough and that I am now the university world champion. The medal is very important to me, especially since I've been focusing my training on it over the last few weeks. The European Championships as a major event will not come until August, but today's event was a very important part of the preparation. I'm just happy, I'm going to let it all sink in now and just enjoy it," beamed Plangger after his impressive victory.
But not only Plangger had great reason to be happy, Knapp was also in the best of moods after the award ceremony: "An incredibly beautiful day for me. I quickly got over the false start against Tobi - I knew I needed a dream run and I took all the risks. Third place has great significance for me, to be able to win something in front of such a backdrop is really cool. The conditions were perfect. I like climbing in the evening - it was a great show here in Innsbruck."
Kalucka sisters get gold and bronze
For Laura Stöckler (University of Innsbruck), who had started with a lot of optimism, the adventure FISU World University Championship Sport Climbing ended after a short time. The Lower Austrian started a touch too early in her first attempt, thus booking a classic false start and was thus not allowed to compete in her second run. The victory in an exciting competition went to Poland's Aleksandra Kalucka, who managed to beat Italy's Giulia Randi in the final. Third place also went to Poland: The winner's sister, Natalia Kalucka, completed the podium."A perfect day for me. I'm really happy and I can't really believe it yet. The gold medal makes me very proud. The fact that I get to experience this moment with my sister, who came in third, makes it even a bit more special and emotional for me," Kalucka was happy about her gold medal.