Boulder World Cup 2014 report - Toronto & Vail

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With 2013 Toronto winners, Austria’s Anna St?hr and Kilian Fischhuber, missing the finals by a few spots, this year’s finals promised to be suspenseful, and it did not disappoint. On the men’s side, Guillaume Glairon Mondet of France topped the podium with three tops, and Germany’s Jan Hojer was right behind him with only one more attempt for his three tops. Rounding out the podium was Canada’s Sean McColl with two tops, securing bronze in front of his home crowd. New to the finals this week was Korea’s Jongwon Chon, who finished in 5th in a great showing.

In the women’s field, things were looking pretty even coming into the fourth boulder, with five women having completed all three boulders. The fourth boulder proved to be a real separator, with only the top three women managing to top. Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi took gold with a near perfect record of 4 tops in both the finals and semis. Great Britian’s Shauna Coxsey took silver, and USA’s Alex Puccio made it onto the podium for the first time this season. The youngest climbers in the finals, Japan’s Miho Nonaka and Julija Kruder of Slovenia, at just 16 and 17 years old, stood out as rising stars to watch in the future!

With a large field of American climbers making their way through to the semi-finals, the field was tense and finals spots all the more difficult to come by. In the men’s field, last year’s Vail gold medalist Russia’s Dmitrii Sharafutdinov repeated his feat and took the top spot, topping all four problems. Last week’s winner, France’s Guillaume Glairon Mondet, took the second spot on the podium this week with three tops, followed by Canada’s Sean McColl, with three tops as well.

In the women’s field, the only US delegate to the finals was 16 year old Megan Mascarenas, who at 16 years old, gave a great showing and finished fourth. Our podium was topped by Akiyo Noguchi, who topped all the problems quickly in a show of both strength and agility. France’s Fanny Gibert took silver, the first medal for a French woman in the 2014 IFSC World Cup season. Finally, Anna St?hr took bronze, with the same three tops as Gibert, only in two more attempts. With her gold this weekend, Noguchi tightens the distance between herself and Shauna Coxsey, still in first after Vail in the IFSC Boulder Rankings.

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