IFSC Boulder World Cup Vail: Report

© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The sixth round of the 2018 IFSC Boulder World Cup series took place in Vail, USA last weekend. An influx of USA team climbers shook the final rankings and unseated some of the season's best so far. Shauna Coxsey narrowly missed out on finals, finishing in 7th place, while Aidan Roberts made his first semi-final and achieved his best placing yet - 19th.

Alex Puccio on form in Vail.  © Eddie Fowke/IFSC
Alex Puccio on form in Vail.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Results below highlights and finals videos (don't scroll if you don't want to know!!)

IFSC Climbing Worldcup (B) - Vail (USA) 2018

WOMENs bouldering

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Alex Puccio USA 3T3z 4 4 3T3z 6 4
2 Miho Nonaka JPN 2T3z 10 11 2T3z 3 4
3 Akiyo Noguchi JPN 2T3z 5 10 1T3z 2 6
4 Fanny Gibert FRA 2T3z 8 9 1T1z 5 2
5 Kyra Condie USA 2T2z 8 8 0T2z 0 4
6 Alma Bestvater GER 1T4z 2 12 0T1z 0 8
7 Shauna Coxsey GBR 1T3z 1 7
8 Sol Sa KOR 1T3z 3 7
8 Alannah Yip CAN 1T3z 3 7
10 Hannah Meul GER 1T3z 5 11
11 Franziska Sterrer AUT 1T2z 3 7
12 Lilli Kiesgen GER 1T2z 5 8
13 Mao Nakamura JPN 0T2z 0 4
14 Sierra Blair-Coyle USA 0T2z 0 7
15 Urska Repusic SLO 0T2z 0 8
16 Mei Kotake JPN 0T1z 0 1
16 Maya Madere USA 0T1z 0 1
18 Berit Schwaiger AUT 0T1z 0 4
18 Michaela Kiersch USA 0T1z 0 4
20 Leah Crane GBR 0T0z 0 0
25 Michaela Tracy GBR Qual' 1T3z 1 8
Full results

MENs bouldering

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Rei Sugimoto JPN 2T3z 4 6 3T4z 4 5
2 Sean Bailey USA 2T3z 2 4 2T4z 2 6
3 Tomoa Narasaki JPN 2T4z 4 5 2T4z 3 5
4 Jernej Kruder SLO 3T4z 5 6 0T4z 0 7
5 Ryuichi Murai JPN 2T3z 9 4 0T4z 0 8
6 Tomoaki Takata JPN 2T3z 6 5 0T3z 0 15
7 Jongwon Chon KOR 2T3z 10 4
8 Yuji Fujiwaki JPN 2T2z 6 2
9 Aleksei Rubtsov RUS 1T3z 1 3
10 Jan Hojer GER 1T3z 1 4
11 Mickael Mawem FRA 1T3z 2 3
12 Yuki Hada JPN 1T3z 2 4
13 Yoshiyuki Ogata JPN 1T3z 3 6
14 Gregor Vezonik SLO 1T2z 2 5
15 Kai Harada JPN 1T2z 4 2
16 Nathaniel Coleman USA 0T4z 0 7
17 Alex Khazanov ISR 0T3z 0 3
18 Kokoro Fujii JPN 0T3z 0 4
19 Aidan Roberts GBR 0T3z 0 7
20 Elias Weiler AUT 0T2z 0 2
51 Tyler Landman GBR Qual' 0T4z 0 13
Full results

Ever an interesting round due to its high elevation (2445m), Vail proved a tough event for those who had followed the circuit around the globe to China and Japan in recent weeks. Travel fatigue, jetlag and the altitude combined to affect some of the big names. Akiyo Noguchi's healthy run of form continued, although her dominance was broken by an especially strong and confident Alex Puccio (USA), whose time out from the IFSC circuit due to injury made her one to keep a close eye on. Despite mentioning in interviews that her focus has shifted to lead recently, Alex topped the leaderboard in each round and won with 3 tops in the final, ahead of Miho Nonaka who claimed two tops. In order to win, Alex had to top the last problem, which she managed to flash to take her second-ever Gold medal. Akiyo placed 3rd with one top and now sits 5 points behind Miho in the overall ranking.

In the men's final, a diverse set of problems made for another unpredictable round. Rei Sugimoto (JPN) took gold ahead of team USA's Sean Bailey, who made his first boulder World Cup final and seemed to thrive on the energy of his home crowd. Once again the last problem decided the winner, with Rei winning his second World Cup since his first Gold in 2013. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN) put himself in good stead for the overall title by placing 3rd. Jernej Kruder (SLO) currently leads by 4 points ahead of Tomoa.

The next round is in Munich, Germany, 17th-18th August.

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13 Jun, 2018

Great to see the Pooch win. She is surely the strongest woman climber ever. But climbing is not all about strength. Technique and psychology are key too. In this comp she looked like she put it all together and dominated the event. Will be really interesting to see how she does in lead. Fanny Gibert climbed really well too I thought. She was the only person to do P4 in the semis. Impressive in such a strong field.

Although not reflected in the final I thought Jernej still looked really strong. Cool to see a different first place in the men's. Will be interesting to see how Rei Sugimoto does in the next event.

How long before we see an all Japanese podium? Not far off this time with 4 of the 6 places being taken by Japanese.

13 Jun, 2018
14 Jun, 2018

Dmittrii and Rustam are well of the pace these days. Alexey and Ekaterina are the only ones making finals.

So the other question about Vail is what happened to Alex Puccio's closest rival, Ashima? She's old enough to enter senior World Cups now so I was hoping we'd see her at Vail.

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