Japan dominate at rock climbing World Cup

Mumbai: Japanese Kokoro Fujii and Miho Nonaka came out victorious in the men’s and women’s category respectively in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup of rock climbing here. Japan claimed four medals and Fujii and Nonaka won the first Bouldering World Cup of their careers. After winning the previous four bouldering competitions, Shauna Coxsey of Great Britain missed the final cut and finished ninth overall. The first men’s problem (M1) featured exhausting upside-down jamming between well set twin volumes, and only runner-up Tomoa Narasaki of Japan conserved enough energy to reach the top. Most of the men rebounded on the running start and concluding dyno of M2, including Fujii who flashed the two-move problem. When Narasaki failed to link the powerful moves connecting volumes and crimps on M3, four athletes began the final riddle with two sends apiece. Although all four competitors sent M4, Fujii did so in just two attempts for gold.