Megan Mascarenas Dominates 2016 Vail Bouldering World CupMegan Mascarenas and Kokoro Fujii win IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado.
Logan Robertson Photography / GoPro Mountain Games.” title=”Megan Mascarenas climbs her way to a second victory at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Vail, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Logan Robertson Photography / GoPro Mountain Games.” style=”float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;”>After a nearly perfect performance in finals, Megan Mascarenas claimed her second IFSC Bouldering World Cup victory in Vail, Colorado during the GoPro Mountain Games this weekend. Kokoro Fujii, representing Japan, took first place for men.
One hundred ten climbers from around the world went all out in Friday’s qualifying round. The top 20 men and top 20 women moved on to semi-finals Saturday morning and the field was whittled down to six men and six women for finals later that afternoon.
Mascarenas, 18, topped all four finals problems in front of her home crowd. She flashed the first, second and fourth problems, and finished the third on her second attempt. She was the only female competitor to top out W3.
Great Britain’s Shauna Coxsey, who has won four of six bouldering world cups this season, took second place—and secured the overall bouldering world cup title, even with one more competition left in the season. She flashed W1 and W2 in finals but struggled on the technical W3 and only managed to reach its bonus hold after three attempts. Coxsey likely would have flashed W4, but she started the problem on the incorrect holds and was called down by a judge. She topped the problem on her next attempt.
Anna Stör of Austria took third place with two tops in five tries and she reached three of four bonus holds in four tries. She slipped ahead of France’s Mélissa Le Nevé who also topped two problems in five tries, but who took seven attempts to reach three bonus holds. Miho Nonaka, of Japan, and Alex Puccio, of the U.S., rounded out women’s finals in fifth and sixth places.
Brutally hard finals problems on the men’s side led to few tops, but Fujii managed to send two and took home the gold. He flashed M1—the only competitor to finish the problem—and climbed M3 in three attempts. He was the only male competitor to complete two problems in finals.
Tomoa Narasaki, also from Japan, placed second. He flashed the wild and burly third men’s problem, reached the bonus holds on M1 and M2 in one attempt each, and reached the bonus hold—one of only two competitors to do so—on the impossible-looking final men’s problem.
Russian climber Alexey Rubtsov nearly matched Narasaki in performance with the exception of three extra tries to reach the bonus hold on M4 in finals. He rounded out the podium in third place.
Yoshi Ogata, representing Japan, also flashed M3 and reached the bonus holds on M1 and M2 in one attempt each, but he could not reach the bonus hold on M4. He landed in fourth place, ahead of Rustam Gelmanov, of Russia, in fifth and Canada’s Sean McColl in sixth.
Watch McColl’s crazy dyno to iron cross on his first attempt of M4 in the video below:
Logan Robertson Photography / GoPro Mountain Games.” title=”On the podium, from left to right: 2. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN), 1. Kokoro Fujii (JPN), 3. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS). Photo courtesy of Logan Robertson Photography / GoPro Mountain Games.” style=”float: right; margin: 0px 0px 10px 10px;”>Team U.S.A., on home turf, had an unusually large turnout of climbers with 18 female and 19 male competitors in Vail. Along with Mascarenas and Puccio, Kyra Condie, Margo Hayes and Sierra Blair-Coyle qualified for semi-finals. Condie placed 11 overall, Hayes 15 and Blair-Coyle 16.
Other U.S. female climbers were Michaela Kiersch, who took 22 overall, Molly Rennie 24, Lily Canavan 26, Emily Ziffer 27, Grace McKeehan 31, Meagan Martin 32, Maddy Morris 34, Zoe Steinberg 35, Clair Buhrfeind 36, Maya Madere 36, and Lisa Chulich, Sarah Pearce and Juliana Price all tied for 40.
Daniel Woods, the only U.S. male to make semi-finals, landed in 15th overall. Will Anglin placed 23, Austin Geiman 27, Nathaniel Coleman—last year’s runner up—31, Nicholas Milburn 33, Vasya Vorotnikov 33, Ben Hanna 33, Palmer Larsen 37, Carlo Traversi 37, Michael O’Rourke 39, Cole Skinner 39, Kyle Owen 41, Dalton Bunker 46, Josh Larson 47, Jonathan Gonzalez 49, Luke Muehring 49, Martin Kuhnel 51, Tristan Chen 53, and Alex Pearlstein 53.
Hanna, apparently not too tired after a tough qualification round, won Rock and Ice’s pull-up competition afterwards with 53 pull-ups.
The next and last IFSC Bouldering World Cup of the season will take place on August 12 and 13 in Munich, Germany, but before then, the lead climbing world cup season will kick off in Chamonix, France on July 11 and 12.
1. Kokoro Fujii (JPN), 2t4 3b5 1. Megan Mascarenas (USA), 4t5 4b5
2. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN), 1t1 4b7 2. Shauna Coxsey (GBR), 3t4 4b7
3. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS), 1t1 4b10 3. Anna Stör (AUT), 2t5 3b4
4. Yoshiyuki Ogata (JPN), 1t1 3b3 4. Mélissa Le Nevé (FRA), 2t5 3b7
5. Rustam Gelmanov (RUS), 1t3 3b5 5. Miho Nonaka (JPN), 1t1 2b4
6. Sean McColl (CAN), 0t 3b5 6. Alex Puccio (USA), 1t3 1b3
Watch the Highlights from Finals here:
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