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Puccio and Coleman Win USA Nationals 2018

The USA Nationals took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, this weekend and many of America’s top climbers made it to Semis and Finals.

Nathaniel Coleman flashed all four Finals problems for a perfect score of 100 and the win.

1. Alex Puccio / Nathaniel Coleman
2. Ashima Shiraishi / Sean Bailey
3. Brooke Raboutou / Drew Ruana
4. Claire Buhrfiend / Matt Fultz
5. Margo Hayes / Zach Galla
6. Meagan Martin / Carlo Traversi

Feeling good about my climbing and mindset today, and I'll be moving into semifinals tomorrow morning in 2nd place (behind @matt_fultz ) ? I was happy to be the first climber on the wall today, and it was crazy to realize how much the texture of a hold changes through the course of a round. Shoutout to @momentumclimbing team head coach @palmerlarsen for taking the bad texture and working with it to place himself in semifinals as well. We really need some brush breaks throughout qualis to even the playing field! #BONC continues tomorrow, and I'll post a story with a link to the livestream of semifinals and finals! Thank you @kesslerfromiowa for taking video! @prana @petzl_official @fiveten_official @frictionlabs

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The first problem for the Males was a gnarly slab and for the Females it was a funky stem corner.

The second problem for the Males was a jump and dyno start to big finish move. Nathaniel Coleman made it look easy, as he does.

The second problem for the Females started with a huge dyno and went straight up a big volume. Alex Puccio had a fast-paced flash.

Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15, struggled on the first few problems, but gave a great show taking some dramatic falls.

The third problem for the Males climbed a few big volumes with low percentage holds.

Coleman, Sean Bailey and Zach Galla were all but tied in first, minus 0.10 difference in scoring.

Coleman flashed the first three problems. The Male problems seemed less complicated and time consuming than the Females. Bailey flashed the third.

The third problem for the Females had many moves that required hard stems. Raboutou made quick work of it, as did Shiraishi in good form.

The fourth problem for the Males and Females were long, dynamic and very showy. Coleman had no problems on it and topped it for the win.

Puccio and Shiraishi were neck and neck heading into the fourth problem. Puccio didn’t send her first go, which left it open to Shiraishi, who also fell first try. Puccio went on for the win.

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