The fourth round of the 2017 IFSC Boulder World Cup took place in Hachioji, Tokyo last weekend. 18 year-old Slovenian all-rounder Janja Garnbret won her second World Cup round with a convincing performance, whilst current women's overall leader Shauna Coxsey failed to make the podium, finishing in 4th place. The narrative of the Japanese team being on incredible form continued in this round, with the Japanese comprising four out of the six podium finishers. Russia's Aleksei Rubtsov placed 1st ahead of Tomoa Narasaki and Keita Watabe.
After topping the semi-final rankings, Janja continued her reign in the final round, topping all four boulders. The first problem was rendered obsolete as all six athletes managed to flash the boulder. On the following problems, seasoned competitor Akiyo Noguchi of Japan gave Janja a run for her money in front of a home crowd. The final boulder decided the winner, as Janja topped within 5 attempts to finish ahead of Akiyo. A strong performance from young Japanese climber Miho Nonaka pushed Shauna off the podium on the powerful final boulder. Britain's Michaela Tracy qualified for the semi-finals and placed 10th overall in the semis.
The men's final welcomed a new Japanese finalist once again: Taisei Ishimatsu, who was climbing in his first IFSC World Cup finals. His teammate Tomoa Narasaki topped M1 in front of an ecstatic home crowd, who continued his run of good form on M2 and M3. Russian Aleksei Rubtsov and Nanjing winner Keita Watabe put on the pressure with two tops each, but the podium positions came down to the last problem. Aleksei managed an impressive top and knocked Tomoa into 2nd place.
Keita currently leads the men's overall rankings by 33 points ahead of Aleksei, and Shauna leads Janja by just 8 points in the women's.
The following round will take place in Vail, Colorado on June 9th/10th.
Watch the finals replay below:
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