Britain's Shauna Coxsey managed to secure a second win in a row at the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Kazo, Japan at the weekend, just one week after her victory in Meiringen, Switzerland. Shauna dominated all three rounds, from qualifiers through to finals, where she completed all four problems and appeared in a league of her own, topping two more than any of her fellow finalists.
The GB team also put in another strong performance as a whole, with Michaela Tracy coming incredibly close to making finals, finishing just outside the top-6 cut-off in 7th place. Leah Crane finished a commendable 14th in the semi-final round.
In the men's event, Tyler Landman fell short of making finals in 12th place, and Nathan Phillips greatly improved on his performance in Meiringen the previous weekend, placing 23rd and looking highly capable of achieving a semi-final position this season.
Melissa le Nevé maintained her 2nd place finish from Meiringen, topping two problems in the final and finishing just ahead of Japan's Miho Nonaka with one less attempt. Regular podium-finisher Anna Stöhr - who has been suffering from an injury - and 2015 World Cup overall winner Akiyo Noguchi were far off the mark in Kazo, finishing in 10th and 20th place respectively.
Rustam Gelmanov of Russia bounced back from a disappointing 12th place in Meiringen to take Gold in Kazo, closely followed by Italy's Michael Piccolruaz in 2nd place, who made a phenomenal leap from 45th place in Meiringen to his first ever Boulder World Cup podium in the space of a week. Japan's Kokoro Fujii completed the podium in 3rd place.
Commenting on her Facebook page, Shauna praised the creative routesetting at the event:
"I already can't wait to come back to Japan. I love it here and the World Cup was amazing! The comp wall was cool! The hold selection was amazing and the route setter did such a good job!"
The next round is this weekend in Chongqing, China. Can Shauna maintain her astonishing run of form?
Watch the replay of the finals below:
IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Kazo (JPN) 2016