Japan dominated in Bouldering and Lead. Last year, legendary competitor Akiyo Noguchi claimed the title in both disciplines, but her teammate Aya Onoe started the Lead finals with an unbeatable high point this year. Mei Kotake fell just shy of Noguchi, matching the score of Elnaz Rekabi of Iran and winning Bronze on countback to semi-finals for an all-Japan podium. Noguchi was the only athlete to top every single problem to defend her Asian Bouldering title, and Onoe placed second with a quick top of the last problem in finals. Puntarika Tunyavanich rounded out the Bouldering podium, and Rahil Ramezani placed fourth. In Speed, YiLing Song of China was quick all day, but the Asian youth Speed champion could not catch Puji Lestari of Indonesia in the final match. Lestari registered the fastest time of the competition for female athletes (8.21 seconds). Her teammates Aries Susanti Rahayu and Santi Wellyanti placed third and fourth, respectively.
Kokoro Fujii and Yoshiyuki Ogata were the only athletes to top all four problems in the men's Bouldering finals, with Fujii edging the reigning Asian Bouldering champion by just one attempt. Their Japanese teammate Keita Watabe rounded out the podium with three tops for another sweep by Japan, and Tomoa Narasaki placed fourth by three attempts. The following day, Fujii soared past the previous high point in Lead finals for his second victory in two days. Ogata also added a second medal, falling just beneath the mark of HaiBin Qu. ZiDa Ma, Qu’s compatriot from China, placed fourth. In the men’s Speed final that concluded four days of sport climbing, world record holder Reza Alipourshenazandifar of Iran faced-off against former season champion QiXin Zhong of China. Both athletes performed flawlessly, registering times below six seconds, and Alipourshenazandifar claimed the victory in front of his home crowd with the fastest time of the competition for male athletes (5.62 seconds). Aspar Jaelolo won Bronze for Indonesia and Iranian Ehsan Asrar placed fourth.
For the full results, please visit the dedicated Tehran event page.
(c) Aya Onoe