No time for a rest after Meiringen, all bouldering athletes leave for Moscow where they will join the fastest climbers in the world for the IFSC World Cup Moscow Boulder and Speed.
Moscow hosts the second stage of the Bouldering season on Saturday and Sunday. If European climbers dominated the podium last week-end with two impressive performances from Janja GARNBRET (SLO) and Adam ONDRA (CZE) in Meiringen, the Japanese team is eager to take revenge. Indeed, with 5 athletes in finales (Akiyo NOGUCHI, Tomoa NARASAKI, Rei SUGIMOTO, Tomoaki TAKATA and Kokoro FUJI), the 2018 best bouldering team is still very strong, one year priori to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. We should definitly keep a close eye on Shauna Coxsey who is back on the podium with a third place finish for the first time since the IFSC World Cup Munich 2017!
The home of speed climbing
Since the inception of the IFSC in 2007, Russia has topped the national team ranking every year. If Iuliia Kaplina holds the women's world record (7.32 seconds) since 2017, she has to share it with Anouck Jaubert now. Indeed the French climber set her record here in Moscow last year! And it's a safe bet that Anouck will want to defend her 2018 title! After a very good 2018 season (6 podiums, 3 gold medals and a second place to the 2018 ranking) Aries SUSANTI RAHAYU (INA) will definitly climb for a world record this year!
At 34 years old, Anouck's compatriot, Bassa Mawem became the 2018 World Champion in Xiamen last year. Guess what? He is back in Moscow for another season. Even if Danyil BOLDYREV (UKR) won't be here, the competition is about to be hard with 16 Russian climbers and the fastest climber in the World since 2017, Reza Alipourshenazandifar (IRI), 5.48 seconds.
The schedule, starters, videos, photos and more can be found on the official event page, where you can tune-in to the IFSC homepage on April 12 and 13 for live streaming of the semi-final and final rounds.