Youngster Sorato Anraku wins ahead of Narasaki and Schubert

At the second Boulder World Cup of the season, Sorato Anraku dominated the men's final. His teammate Meichi Narasaki came in second, and Jakob Schubert completed the podium. Jan-Luca Posch and Yannick Flohé also showed a strong performance in Salt Lake City with final places 2 and 5.

The Japanese high flyer Sorato Anraku finished the IFSC Boulder World Cup in Salt Lake City on top of the podium. The 17-year-old dominated the final from the start. He was the only one to achieve three tops. Only in Boulder 2 did he – like his five competitors in the final – not find a solution.

I felt good, even though it was a very nerve-wracking competition. When I realized on the last boulder that I had made it, it felt really good to top it.

Sorato Anraku

Fifth World Cup gold for Anraku

For Sorato Anraku, his victory in Salt Lake City is his fifth victory at an IFSC World Cup. In his young career he has already won five gold medals, two of them in the discipline of bouldering. “I am very happy that I won gold in this beautiful place,” said the aspiring youngster.

His team colleague Meichi Narasaki secured the silver medal at the Boulder World Cup at the weekend. Thanks to a flash on Boulder 3, a single top was enough for him to take second place.

Jakob Schubert climbs to the bronze medal in the bouldering final in Salt Lake City. Image: Slobodan Miskovic/IFSC
Jakob Schubert climbs to the bronze medal in the bouldering final in Salt Lake City. Image: Slobodan Miskovic/IFSC

It feels incredible to be back on the podium.

Jakob Schubert

Strong performance by Schubert, Posch and Flohé

Close on his heels was the Austrian – also with a top and four zones Jakob Schubert. The veteran finished the competition in third place. A result that fits in with his strong performances in Salt Lake City. He will make it onto the podium in 3, and in 2021 he will compete in the final together with teammate Nicolai Uznik.

Jakob Schubert was not entirely satisfied with his performance due to his performance on the final boulder 3 and 4. Nevertheless, overall it was a great competition, said Schubert.

After the great semi-final I think the podium was well deserved and I'm really happy with the result.

Jakob Schubert

In addition to Jakob Schubert, another climber from Austria made it to the final in Salt Lake City: Jan Luca Posch. He secured fifth place behind Sohta Amagasa. Climbed to 6th place Yannick Flohe.

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