The 2016 IFSC Boulder World Cup season kicked off this weekend in
front of a capacity crowd in Meiringen, Switzerland. From April 15 to 16, boulderers from around the world competed, both new and old faces ended up
on the podium.
“Absolutely ecstatic to share the podium with Melissa [Le Nevé] and Shauna [Coxsey],” American climber Megan Mascarenas posted on Instagram. Mascarenas
took third place with 65 points behind Le Nevé of France in second with 80 points and Coxsey of Great Britain in first with 100 points.
In finals, Coxsey topped out three of four problems in five attempts and reached the bonus hold on all four in six attempts. Le Nevé completed two problems
in four attempts and reached all four bonus holds in six. Mascarenas flashed the only problem she completed and reached three of the bonus holds in
Last season, Coxsey finished second overall, while Le Nevé ended up in tenth and Mascarenas fifth.
Mascarenas’s finish in Meiringen moved her up to fourth place in the world cup rankings. She also finished in third at her last world cup event in Munich,
August 2015, and first in Vail, Colorado, last June—the
only world cup event held in the United States.
Japan’s formerly first and third ranked climbers from 2015, Akiyo Noguci and Miho Nonaka, finished fourth and tenth in Meiringen.
The men’s finals was unpredictable and the three podium spots went to Alexey Rubtsov of Russia, Martin Stranik of the Czech Republic, and Jorg Verhoeven
of the Netherlands. Rubtsov earned 100 points for his first place finish and Stranik and Verhoeven earned 80 points and 65 points. All three men were
ranked outside the top 10 last season.
In the finals, Rubstov finished two problems in six attempts, with three bonus holds on 10 attempts. Stranik similarly finished two problems in six attempts,
but only scored two bonus holds. Verhoeven finished two problems in seven attempts and reached four bonus holds in 10 attempts.
In 2015, Jongwon Chon of South Korea was ranked first, followed by Jan Hojer of Germany and Adam Ondra of the Czech Republic. Chon finished 17th this weekend
and Hojer finished ninth—Ondra did not compete.
Though many American climbers did not compete in this World Cup, seven made it to Meiringen to represent the country. In the men’s division, Josh Larson
placed 33rd, Benjamin Hanna placed 53rd and Christopher Smith placed 79th. In the women’s division, Margo Hayes placed
18th, Sierra Blair-Coyle placed 27th and Juliana Price placed 59th.
The next World Cup Bouldering competition is in Kazo, Japan, April 23-24. Check back for live streaming and results.
1. Shauna Coxsey (GBR): Finals – (2t5 4b6)
2. Melissa Le Nevé (FRA): Finals – (2t4 4b6)
3. Megan Mascarenas (USA): Finals – (1t1 3b3)
4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN): Finals – (0t0 3b7)
5. Janja Garnbret (SLO): Finals – (0t0 2b2)
6. Clementine Kaiser (FRA): Finals – (0t0 1b3)
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1. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS): Finals – (2t6 3b10)
2. Martin Stranik (CZE): Finals – (2t6 2b6)
3. Jorg Verhoeven (NED): Finals – (2t7 4b10)
4. Alban Levier (FRA): Finals – (1t1 2b2)
5. Jakob Schubert (AUT): Finals – (1t3 3b14)
6. Tyler Landman (GBR): Finals – (1t3 2b4)
Click here for complete MEN’S RESULTS.