The IFSC World Cup Haiyang 2014 is the only three-discipline World Cup, topped only by the World Championships in Gijón, Spain. Haiyang was the place to be this weekend for climbing fans of all stripes!
Two hard bouldering Finals
Jan Hojer was the only man to top 3 problems, following by the Canadian Sean McColl who topped 2 of them. The 4 other male climbers did not succeed in finding the right combination to overcome the 4 final boulders. Thanks to the bonus holds, Guillaume Glairon-Mondet climbed on the 3rd step of the podium.
If the female climbers got more success, none of them achieved to complete all four boulders. Akiyo Noguchi, Shauna Coxsey and Anna Stöhr performed better than the others and composed the bouldering females’ podium. At the same time, they defended their place in the provisional 2014 ranking as follows: 1. Coxsey, 2. Noguchi, 3. Stöhr.
Faster and faster
For this third stage of the IFSC Speed World Cup, the female athletes did the same podium as in Baku with Mariia Krasavina first and Iuliia Kaplina second. Anouck Jaubert took the third place again. On the men's side, China's Qixin Zhong, who ranked third in Baku, took gold in his home country, with Marcin Dzienski second and Danylo Boldyrev third.
Lead climbers entered the ring for the first time this season
For this first lead competition of the 2014 season, Jain Kim showed the way with an impressive climb that gives her gold. Austria's Magdalena Röck took silver and Belgium's Anak Verhoeven jumped in the IFSC World Cup podium for the first time in her carrier. Jakob Schubert did a very good start with a first gold medal for the 2014 season as French's Gautier Supper did one of his best performances with a bronze medal here in Haiyang. Last but not least, Sean McColl won a second silver medal in 2 days and took the lead of the 2014 Overall Ranking.