Megan Mascarenas, 16, of Colorado Springs is sitting in fourth place today after the first round the Bouldering World Cup finale in Laval, France. This weekend marks the finale of the eight Bouldering World Cup events of 2014.
Entering with a significant overall lead, Jan Hojer of Germany has already won the World Cup simply by qualifying for the semifinal round. The second-ranked Dimitrii Sharafutdinov of Russia logged his worst performance in years, failing to qualify and handing Hojer the win. Third-ranked Guillaume Glairon Mondet of France and Jongwon Chon of Japan tied for first in the qualifier. Mondet has a chance to place as high as second overall.
Canada’s Sean McColl, entering fifth in the overall rankings, only just made it to semis, tying for 19th.
“After a stressful hour of watching who could kick me out, I finished last of the people who qualify for tomorrow,” McColl wrote on his Facebook page. “Nothing to lose now, so looking forward to tomorrow!”
McColl placed second in the Haiyang, China, World Cup last weekend, and third in both Vail and Toronto this year.
In a close race, Akiyo Noguchi of Japan is in the lead with 565 points after consecutive wins in Haiyang, Vail and Toronto. Only nine points behind is Shauna Coxsey of the United Kingdom, and Anna Stohr of Austria trails with 481 points.
The qualifying round for the women began early today at 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. EDT) and the men at 2 p.m. In it, Coxey, Noguchi and Stohr all tied for first. If Coxey can finish this final competition in the top three and ahead of Noguchi, she will win this year’s women’s Bouldering World Cup.
Megan Mascarenas surprised the field in the Vail World Cup
by making finals and placing fourth, ahead of Coxsey in fifth.
Another USA team member, Alex Puccio, ranked fifth overall, chose not to attend the final two cups in Haiyang and Laval for financial reasons. Since Vail, she has been climbing outside, sending three V12s in the last several weeks.
Semifinals begin at 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. EDT) tomorrow and finals at 8:30 p.m (2:30 p.m. EDT). Watch the videos below to see both rounds live.