The fifth round of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup took place over the weekend in Vail, Colorado. Shauna Coxsey returned to the top and extended her overall lead, making her dominant in the season rankings. In the men's, Jongwon Chon (KOR) topped all of the problems to clinch the gold medal. Interestingly, Japan once again showed how far ahead they are as a team, by taking 9 out of the top 10 places for the men in qualification and then sending 6 climbers to the final in men's and women's.
Alex Puccio started the finals in fine form, by flashing a powerful problem which the other competitors struggled with. The slabby 2nd problem changed the pace and balance of the finals, with Akiyo Noguchi, Miho Nonaka and Shauna Coxsey reaching the finishing hold. All four of the afformentioned climbers topped out problem 3, leaving them all with two tops for the final climb. Shauna needed to top the final problem within 3 attempts and did so by completing a huge dyno in front of the roaring crowd.
For the men, every finalist completed the first problem, although the second was a different story with only Kokoro Fujii (JAP) and Jongwon Chon (KOR) managing it. Chon took the lead by carefully climbing the technical problem 3, quickly followed by Aleksei Rubtsov (RUS) and Meichi Narasaki (JAP). Like the women's, the men's came down to the final problem and Jongwon Chon emerged victorious.
The Brits had a fantastic competition, as Shauna Coxsey, Michaela Tracy, Leah Crane and Tyler Landman all made Semi Finals. Michaela currently sits in 7th place overall.
The next round of the world cup is in Mumbai, India and you can tune in to the semi-finals on June 25th.
Watch the full finals replay below:
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