Japan has dominated the IFSC Bouldering World Cup series this season, accumulating well more than twice as many points (2118) as the next nation (886). Among the leaders have been Kai Harada, Meichi Narasaki and Yoshiyuki Ogata, who will all compete in the 3 disciplines at Singapore. Also be sure to track the results of Futaba Ito. The 15-year-old Japan national Bouldering champion claimed the Youth B title last year in Bouldering and Lead, and she was runner-up at the IFSC Youth World Championships in Guangzhou. In the Youth A category, Pan YuFei of China has gained much experience in the IFSC World Cup series since last year and will look to defend his spots on the Bouldering and Lead podiums.
China also maintains a strong position in Speed, with Youth A competitors MingWei Ni and YiLing Song having good showings on their home turf at IFSC World Cups Chongqing and Nanjing. Also boasting a formidable Speed climbing lineup is Iran, who claimed an impressive 9 medals at the Asian Youth Championships 2016 in Tehran. Mehdi Alipourshenazandi and Ehsan Asrar return after an exciting finish last year, facing-off in front of their home crowd in the Juniors gold-medal race, and reigning Asian youth champion Mahya Darabian should impress again in Youth B.
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