While the men’s final round of boulders were arguably too hard, the women’s final round was perfectly set. All the problems were sent, by a variety of finalists, and the number of tops got progressively higher from 6th to 1st place. It was a captivating and impressive round of bouldering.
Janja Garnbret cruised through Qualifications and Semis to Bouldering Finals, where she put on a great show and took the gold with three tops. She was the only competitor to execute the super hard combination move on W2 and get the send. That, along with her quick ascents of W1 and W4, is the type of climbing that keeps the Slovenian climber ahead of the pack. Garnbret won all six of this year’s Bouldering World Cups.
Veteran elite boulderers, Akiyo Noguchi and Shauna Coxsey, finished in second and third, respectively. With two tops and two zones each, Noguchi eked out in front of Coxsey because she unlocked W1 in fewer attempts. The live-stream of that boulder shows an amazing try-hard face on the seemingly never-phased Noguchi.
Canadian Alannah Yip finished strong in 7th in Semis, where she just missed finals.
Women’s Final Results
1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)
2. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)
3. Shauna Coxsey (GBR)
4. Ievgeniia Kazbekova (UKR)
5. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
6. Nanako Kura (JPN)