Shauna clinches 2017 World Cup series and Navi Mumbai gold / Jongwon Chon strikes gold in men’s
Jongwon Chon of Korea and Shauna Coxsey of Great Britain triumphed in the men’s and women’s categories respectively at the final of the IFSC World Cup in Bouldering held in Navi Mumbai on Sunday.
For Shauna who has been leading by a wide margin in terms of aggregate points in the 2017 World Cup series, a place in the final at Navi Mumbai – the penultimate event in the series – was more than enough to ensure that her rivals won’t be able to catch up and deprive her of the title. She won the series and added another individual World Cup crown; all at Navi Mumbai. Last year in Navi Mumbai Shauna couldn’t secure a podium finish although she ended the 2016 World Cup series topping it in the women’s section.
In the men’s category, Rei Sugimoto of Japan placed second while Aleksei Rubtsov of Russia was third. In the women’s category, Miho Nonaka of Japan placed second, while Akiyo Noguchi, also of Japan, placed third. Following the competition results at Navi Mumbai, the overall lead in the men’s category is now with Jongwon Chon; he has 426 points. He is followed by Aleksei Rubtsov of Russia and Keita Watabe of Japan, both tied at 372. In the women’s section, Shauna Coxsey has 535 points in total, followed by Miho Nonaka of Japan (377) and Janja Garnbret of Slovenia (370). Janja was not present at Navi Mumbai.
In terms of national team ranking in bouldering, post Navi Mumbai, Japan has zoomed to 2118 points overall. Great Britain (886) is second while Slovenia (855) is third.
Sunday’s final was a thrilling affair with the climbing routes designed by the route setters, stretching the athletes. Even the best of them had to think their way through some of the problems on the wall. Earlier in the day, the semi-final was held featuring 20 athletes each from the men’s and women’s categories, who had made it past Saturday’s qualifying round. Six from each category moved to the final. Officials familiar with the ongoing World Cup series said that a ninth place finish in Navi Mumbai would have been enough for Shauna Coxsey to clinch the series. But she not only made it to the last six; she went on to win the final denied her last year on the same stage.
Please find below a selection of photos from the final, the moments following it and the semi-final.
From the semi-final:
(Text and photos by Shyam G Menon. He is a freelance journalist based in Mumbai.)