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Shauna Coxsey 3rd in Meiringen Boulder World Cup

© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The 2019 IFSC Boulder World Cup series kicked off in Meiringen, Switzerland this weekend. The first event in what will prove to be a busy year of competitions leading up to Olympic qualification was hotly anticipated by both athletes and spectators alike. Great Britain's Shauna Coxsey marked an impressive return to form in 3rd place after dealing with multiple injuries last season.

Team GB's Nathan Phillips started the season incredibly well, with 5 flashes in the qualifying round to place 1st going into semis. He finished 19th overall. 16-year-old Emily Phillips also made semis, qualifying in 4th place for the semis and finishing 20th.

Perhaps due to the increased workload and pressure of training for Tokyo 2020 Olympic selection, there were multiple absentees and withdrawals from the event. Miho Nonaka (JPN) - 2018 overall World Cup winner - is currently nursing a shoulder injury; Staša Gejo (SRB) tore ligamments in her knee at the Studio Bloc Open recently and Team GB's Molly Thompson-Smith withdrew last-minute due to a niggling finger injury.

Having not competed since Vail 2018, Shauna told IFSC commentator Charlie Boscoe that she had 'absolutely no idea' how her form would translate result-wise this season. Seemingly always 'at home' in Meiringen - where she has won twice in 2016 and 2017 - Shauna commented on Instagram: 'This event was epic. The energy in that arena was something else. It was a true honour to climb in front of that crowd alongside some wonderfully fierce women. Standing on this podium meant a lot. More than I can explain right now. It was a gruelling battle to even get to the start line. I still can't believe I walked away with a medal! Thank you so so so much for all of the support throughout the last year. It sure was a tough one.'

Shauna Coxsey back in action.  © Eddie Fowke/IFSC
Shauna Coxsey back in action.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The routesetting team led by Jamie Cassidy pulled out all the stops to provide an exciting final with a broad range of problems testing coordination, balance and even hand-jamming.

Shauna got off to a promising start by topping the first problem on her second attempt with ease, which was also topped by Akiyo Noguchi (JPN). Slovenian favourite Janja Garnbret appeared flustered after opening her finger and being forced by the judges to tape the bleeding. Problem 2 was topped by everyone but Coxsey and Noguchi, involving a dynamic timing move from a slab into a steeper section of wall. Petra Klingler made an impressive flash ascent and moved up the scoreboard. Following a flash of problem 3, Coxsey was in 2nd place to Garnbret; both women having flashed the problem. Problem 4 involved dynamic coordination moves between volumes, which nobody had solved until Garnbret's impressive top on her third attempt. Noguchi was in 3rd place, but a smooth top of problem 4 on her third attempt saw her move above Coxsey to take 2nd place.

Adam Ondra completes the crack on M4 in the Meiringen World Cup 2019.  © Eddie Fowke/IFSC
Adam Ondra completes the crack on M4 in the Meiringen World Cup 2019.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The men's final was dominated by the Japanese, with four climbers taking up two-thirds of the six final spots and seven Japanese climbers placing in the top ten. Adam Ondra (CZE) and Jongwon Chon (KOR) completed the line-up. Tomoaki Takata flashed the first problem, which involved a run-and-jump coordination move involving a toe-hook just to reach a stable starting position. Adam Ondra took five attempts to stick this move before completing the problem with ease, but his multiple attempts ranked him in 5th place. Tomoa Narasaki was in the lead after the first three problems, but the final boulder involving a hand-jamming crack turned the tables. Chon and the Japanese climbers struggled to grapple with the crack to reach the bonus, with Chon just managing to secure it on his third attempt. The commentary team and spectators predicted the outcome: Ondra smoothly negotiated the crack, stopping mid-way to fist-pump and get the crowd going, before finishing the problem to take the win. Fresh from crack-climbing in Yosemite and Utah, Ondra's weakness in parcour climbing at the start of the final was bolstered by his crack skills learned outdoors. Tomoa Narasaki and Rei Sugimoto completed the podium.


WOMEN bouldering

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Janja Garnbret SLO 4T4z 5 4
2 Akiyo Noguchi JPN 4T4z 5 4
3 Shauna Coxsey GBR 3T4z 5 5
4 Fanny Gibert FRA 3T4z 3 6
5 Petra Klingler SUI 3T4z 4 5
6 Oceania Mackenzie AUS 3T3z 7 4
7 Alex Johnson USA 2T4z 4 8
8 Kyra Condie USA 2T4z 4 9
9 Futaba Ito JPN 2T4z 5 5
10 Afra Hönig GER 2T3z 3 4
11 Sandra Lettner AUT 2T3z 5 5
12 Katja Kadic SLO 2T3z 8 6
13 Ievgeniia Kazbekova UKR 2T2z 5 4
14 Berit Schwaiger AUT 2T2z 6 4
15 Alannah Yip CAN 1T4z 2 10
16 Lucka Rakovec SLO 1T3z 4 8
17 Julia Chanourdie FRA 0T3z 0 5
17 Sol SA KOR 0T3z 0 5
19 Julia Pinggera AUT 0T3z 0 7
20 Emily Phillips GBR 0T3z 0 8
21 Hannah Slaney GBR Qual' 2T4z 5 9
53 Jennifer Wood GBR Qual' 0T3z 0 9
Full results

MEN bouldering

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Adam Ondra CZE 4T4z 10 9
2 Tomoa Narasaki JPN 3T4z 3 4
3 Rei Sugimoto JPN 3T4z 12 12
4 Kokoro Fujii JPN 2T4z 3 11
5 Jongwon CHON KOR 2T4z 5 9
6 Tomoaki Takata JPN 2T4z 5 9
7 Aleksey Rubtsov RUS 2T4z 5 11
8 Yoshiyuki Ogata JPN 2T4z 6 7
9 Taisei Ishimatsu JPN 2T4z 7 9
10 Keita Dohi JPN 2T4z 8 14
11 Jernej Kruder SLO 2T3z 5 8
12 Tim Reuser NED 2T2z 7 5
13 YuFei Pan CHN 2T2z 12 8
14 Alex Khazanov ISR 1T4z 5 18
15 Anze Peharc SLO 1T3z 2 4
16 Alexander Megos GER 1T2z 2 3
17 Nathaniel Coleman USA 1T2z 3 5
18 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 1T2z 6 10
19 Nathan Phillips GBR 0T3z 0 8
20 Gregor Vezonik SLO 0T3z 0 11
29 William Bosi GBR Qual' 4T5z 6 5
49 David Barrans GBR Qual' 3T4z 6 4
57 Aidan Roberts GBR Qual' 3T4z 7 10
67 William Ridal GBR Qual' 3T3z 5 3
Full results

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8 Apr, 2019

Well done Shauna. Amazing result considering the injury set backs.

I caught the end of the men’s final. Adam Ondra shot up the final M4 jamming problem like a rat up a drainpipe pipe and made it look VS.

The other climbers who are amongst the strongest in the world in comparison looked like complete punters. It looks like none of them had very much jamming experience.

8 Apr, 2019

Yes well done Shauna,

I didn't see the footage but I quite like the notion of the setters stumping the overly specialised comp climbers by requiring some real outdoor skills for once. Good stuff.

8 Apr, 2019

After your comment I just had to see it. For anyone interested, the video in the article has Ondra climbing at about 1:53. It's one of those moments where he makes it look so easy you think 'I'd give it a go' before obviously failing miserably, which can be seen by all the climbers pre 1:53 trying all sorts of ways to avoid the jam.

8 Apr, 2019

Great to see Shauna back in action and crushing again.

Sounds like the Japanese team needs to hire the Wideboyz for some specialist coaching! That said it'll probably be 5 years before there's another crack problem in a bouldering world cup. Would love to see a feet first offwidth - might be hard in that 4 minute window though.

8 Apr, 2019

Regular moan: Please don't put spoilers in the headline of the article... It's a 4 event streamed on Saturday night, not everyone will have had a chance to watch it by Monday lunchtime!

Even something vague like "Shauna podiums at first World Cup" would at least keep suspense for those of us avoiding social media until having watched it.

[Having now watched it]

Good first round!

M1 was a bit rubbish - cheap way to get separation.

I'm all for hand jams though, that's at least 2 handjams in recent finals, and they've caught people out both times. Perfectly legitimate setting, and as they've come in in 2017 (I think?), it's not that much of a surprise to see them a couple of years later.

Ondra looking in great form

Women's was good - Excellent to see Akiyo keeping pace with Janja, and Shauna not a million miles off either. Should be a good season, as long as everyone stays healthy.

Also, from a technical point of view; great stuff. Good camera angles and cuts, replays, on-screen infographics... Couldn't really fault the commentary either.

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