Britain's Shauna Coxsey finished the 2015 season on a high by winning the final round of the Bouldering World Cup in Munich, Germany this weekend. Her stunning performance of four flashes of the final problems also earned her a 2nd place in the overall World Cup standings behind Japan's Akiyo Noguchi. Thousands of spectators crammed into the Olympiastadion to support the athletes in their final event of the year.
The beginning of this season got off to a slow start for Shauna as she battled with a finger injury, opting out of the European Championship in Innsbruck to fully recover before the rest of the World Cup rounds.
During Saturday's semi-finals, the GB team faced a tense wait to determine whether Shauna had made the cut of top six for finals. 18 year-old Tara Hayes of Team GB made semi-finals in her first World Cup event and finished in a very commendable 16th place, ahead of a number of seasoned senior competitors.
By qualifying in 5th place, Shauna had secured a 2nd place in the overall rankings for 2015, with Akiyo already the decided overall winner. The first final problem was topped only by Shauna and 17 year-old US climber Megan Mascarenas, which set the precendent for the rest of the round as Shauna, Megan and Fanny Gibert of France looked to be taking the podium positions.
Flashing each of the first three problems with ease, all eyes were on Shauna as she began her final problem. A flash would guarantee her a win, which is exactly what she did - a four flash final! France's Fanny Gibert took 2nd place and Megan Mascarenas finished 3rd after failing to complete the final problem. In the overall standings, Akiyo Noguchi took Gold, Shauna Silver and Miho Nonaka of Japan Bronze. This is the second year running that Shauna has been ranked 2nd overall.
She commented on her Facebook athlete page:
"So incredibly psyched! 4 flash final! Dream!
So much love for the crowd at this event!! Thank you Munich!"
The men's event was left wide open for much of the final round as the problems proved particularly tricky. Heading the race for the overall title were Germany's Jan Hojer and Jongwon Chon of Korea. With only two tops securing his win, Russia's Alexey Rubtsov took Gold and won his first ever World Cup, despite having become World Champion in 2009. Martin Stranik of the Czech Republic finished 2nd and Jongwon Chon 3rd - earning Jongwon the overall World Cup title, narrowly beating Jan into 2nd place and Adam Ondra into 3rd.
Watch a video of the finals below:
Semi-final results and British placings below:
IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Munich (GER) 2015
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