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Eight U.S.A. Athletes Move on to Semis in Vail

The Final Bouldering World Cup of 2019

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Adam Ondra celebrates his top of the second qualifying boulder. Photo Levi Harrell

The final Bouldering World Cup of 2019 kicked off early yesterday morning, June 7, at 9. After nearly eight hours of qualification rounds, eight Americans scored high enough to move on to semis.

Top finishers were familiar and unexpected. Janja Garnbret (SLO), who’s placed first at the five previous World Cups, qualified in first with Akyo Nochi (JPN), who is currently ranked third in the Overall score. Alex Johnson, from the U.S. came in third. Johnson is the highest ranked American, currently sitting in 13th place.  The other Americans to qualify were Kyra Condie in 11th, Margo Hayes in 13th and Natalia Grossman in 15th. Unfortunately, Brooke Raboutou and Ashima Shiraishi were just one and two spots out, respectively, from qualifying.

The top male finisher was Yoshiyuki Ogata (JPN) and Adam Ondra (CZE). Ondra is currently ranked first in the Overall and Ogata in 11th. Nathaniel Coleman, from the U.S., finished the day in 7th. Coleman, like Johnson, is the highest Overall ranked American in 22nd. Sean Bailey and Matt Fultz, both from the U.S., both qualified in 11th and Sam Mcqeen (U.S.) in 15th.

Semifinals begin in just one hour, at 9:30 mst. Live streaming can be found on IFSC.

Rock and Ice and Gym Climber are covering the event from the booth adjacent to the wall. Come stop by to grab some free magazines. We are also doing athlete interviews, to be released soon!

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