A few hours ago the final of the IFSC Bouldering World Cup took place in Meiringen, Switzerland. With an impressive performance in the last boulder, Tomoa Narasaki catapulted himself onto the podium. Closely followed by his compatriot Yoshiyuki Ogata. Third place went to Frenchman Mejdi Schalck.

Once again, the Japanese dominated a Boulder World Cup. Five out of ten athletes were in the semi-finals and the Japanese made up half of the participants in the final. Made it to the final Tomoa Narasaki, Yoshiyuki Ogata as well as Kokoro Fuji. The two French made for a minimal change Mejdi Schalck and Paul Jenft and the American Colin Duffy.

Here Mejdi Schalck fights his way into the final

Dynamic high ten

The men's bouldering final was all about dynamics, explosiveness, coordination and strength. The bouldering problems were fast and spectacular and made the audience boil. And provided the necessary motivation for the athletes.

"I felt the energy of the audience here in Meiringen and that gave me the strength to top the last boulder!"

Tomoa Narasaki
The route setters ensured a spectacular final in Meiringen. (Image Jan Virt/IFSC)
The route setters ensured a spectacular final in Meiringen. (Image Jan Virt/IFSC)

The Japanese Tomoa Narasaki brought the explosiveness of the climbing to the top when he catapulted himself away from the starting pull of the last final boulder like no other and continued to climb to the top at breakneck speed. It was he who stood at the top of the podium in Meiringen.

Final ranking list Meiringen – men

RankNameCountryqualifying roundsemi-finalFinal
1TOMOANarasakiJPN4T5Z 6 84T4Z 14 112T3Z 3 6
2YOSHIYUKIOgataJPN4T5Z 10 132T4Z 5 62T3Z 5 19
3MEJDISCHALCKFRA4T5Z 10 103T4Z 8 52T3Z 7 9
4PAULJENFTFRA4T5Z 8 172T4Z 5 72T3Z 15 18
5COLLINDUFFYUSA5T5Z 14 123T4Z 10 121T4Z 19 27
6KOKOROFUJIIJPN4T4Z 16 74T4Z 12 81T3Z 4 27
Source: IFSC

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Credits: Ryu Voelkel