Narasaki Earns Second World Championship Title
The men’s IFSC Bouldering World Championships proved to be a real battle for the climbers that resulted in very few zones and even fewer tops.
Japan’s Tomoa NARASAKI had an incredible Bouldering World Cup season where he seized the overall season win from Adam ONDRA (CZE) at the final event in Vail. With both NARASAKI and ONDRA in the finals, it appeared as if this event would be a perfect rematch between the two climbers. However, on M1, NARASAKI was the only competitor to reach the top, granting him a lead that he wouldn’t give up.
The second wall saw no tops and halfway through the competition, ONDRA had yet to secure a zone. M3 saw a similar outcome to M1, with NARASAKI being the only climber to complete the problem, while his compatriot Kokoro FUJII (JPN) was the only other climber to reach the zone. As the only climber with two tops, NARASAKI easily claimed his gold medal and a second World Championship title in front of his home crowd, leaving the race for second and third to the final wall. Both Jakob SCHUBERT (AUT) and Yannick FLOHÉ (GER) achieved the zone on their first attempt, landing them in second and third place, respectively due to the number of attempts on zones.
Complete results for the IFSC Bouldering World Championships can be found here.