This weekend, May 3-4, Baku, the lowest lying national capitol in the world, hosted the second World Cup of the 2014 IFSC season. With Speed and Boulder on the docket, our climbers were given the chance for a rematch of the previous week’s line-up in Chongqing, China.
In the women’s field, everything came down the final boulder problem, as Anna Stöhr and Shauna Coxsey both flashed the first three of the final problems. After Stöhr flashed the final women’s problem, Coxsey was called down from the wall due to her foot touching the mat during her first movement on the wall. Coxsey topped the problem on her first attempt after the call, but her appeal was denied, bumping her to third instead of first. Anna Stöhr took gold and Akiyo Noguchi silver.
The men’s problems featured lots of large volumes, some big reaches that favored the taller climbers, and tough compressions where the shorter climbers excelled. Our 2013 overall champion, Russia’s Dmitrii Sharafutdinov, took gold, followed by Germany’s Jan Hojer in second and Russia’s Rustam Gelmanov in third.
In Speed, the men’s podiums were hugely different from last week in Chongqing, due to a few false starts and falls. Danyl Boldyrev of Ukraine took gold, with Russia’s Evgenii Vaitcekhovskii in second and China’s Qixin Zhong in third.
On the women’s side, last week’s Russia’s gold and silver medalists from Chongqing switched spots, with Mariia Krasavina in first and Iuliia Kaplina in second. Anouck Jaubert of France took third again for her second podium spot of the season.