Shauna Coxsey battled Akiyo Noguchi for first place as the 2016 IFSC Boulder World Cup returned to Chongqing, China, for the third event
of the season. Tomoa Narasaki shocked 2015’s first and second place finishers, Jan Hojer and Jongwon Chon, in another unpredictable finish in the men's
Coxsey nabbed first place in Chongqing, earning 100 points and raising her total to a perfect 300. Japan’s Akiyo Noguchi returned to her 2015 form and
took second, earning 80 points and bringing her total to 147 points. Japan’s Miho Nonaka once again earned 65 points for third, growing her total to 154 points.
Coxsey and Noguchi finished semifinals in close competition for first place. In finals, Coxsey topped out three problems, taking seven attempts, while
Noguchi finished three problems on 12 attempts. Miho Nonaka finished one, but in three attempts.
Coxsey claimed first in both previous events, Meiringen and Kazo. Noguchi finished 20th in Kazo, but Chongqing raised her to fourth for 2016.
Nonaka ended 2015 ranked first.
Nonaka’s third place finishes in Chongqing and Kazo have moved her up to third place in the World Cup Bouldering rankings. She finished third overall in
The men’s final once again brought new climbers to the podium. Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki won first place, followed by Jan Hojer of Germany and Jongwon Chon
of South Korea.
Narasaki, who finished 30th overall last year, earned 100 points for his first place finish and is now ranked fifth with 138 points. Hojer and
Jongwon’s second and third-place finishes raised their 2016 rankings to fourth and 14th.
Hojer finished second overall in 2015, and is currently ranked first in the world. Jongwon finished first overall in 2015 and is currently ranked second
in the world.
In the finals, Narasaki finished three of four problems in eight attempts, Hojer finished two problems in three attempts, and Jongwon finished two problems
in five attempts.
As in Kazo and Meiringen, many American climbers did not compete in Chongqing. Sierra Blair-Coyle was the USA’s only representative. Blair-Coyle finished
12th, raising her to 22nd overall for 2016. She finished 2015 in 30th and is currently ranked 23rd in the
The next World Cup Bouldering competition is in Navi Mumbai, India, May 14-15. Check back for live streaming and results.