Tomoa Narasaki Wins Another Gold
American Sean Bailey just missed the podium in fourth place
The fourth leg of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup 2023 concluded last night in Salt Lake City. The IFSC sent out a press release with a brief recap of the men’s finals, for the women’s results see here.
A spectacular, high-scoring Boulder round pleased the crowd that gathered at Pioneer Park in a hot and sunny afternoon. Japanese duo Narasaki Tomoa and Anraku Sorato battled all along the men’s Boulder final, both finishing with four tops, but being separated by a different number of attempts. Indeed, Narasaki flashed both problems number one and four, eventually winning gold with six attempts to top. Competing in his first Boulder final round, Sorato won silver with 12 attempts to top.
Also participating in his first Boulder final, Great Britain’s Toby Roberts took bronze with a brilliant performance, only failing to solve the first slab problem, and concluding with three tops, four zones and the bronze medal around his neck.
“I am very satisfied with my first gold medal coming in Salt Lake City, and I would like to thank the audience for the amazing support,” said Narasaki. His last World Cup gold was in Japan in 2022, he won silver in Korea earlier this season. For the men’s Boulder event complete results click here.