Following on from an eventful first Speed World Cup of the 2021 season last night – in which not one, but two new men’s Speed World Records were set – today Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, welcomed a second Boulder World Cup within the space of two weeks.

Japan’s Kokoro Fujii was first to climb in the men’s Boulder qualification round, finishing in good stead ahead of tomorrow’s semi-final with five tops and five zones. His compatriot Tomoa Narasaki – who is set to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in just over two months – achieved the same score, yet closed the round in second place due to a higher number of attempts.

A further four Olympians will join the men’s semi-final line-up tomorrow, with Alexander Megos of Germany, Nathaniel Coleman of the United States, Sean McColl of Canada, and Aleksey Rubtsov of Russia also putting on strong performances in the qualification round.

Silver medallist of last weekend’s Boulder World Cup – France’s Mejdi Schalck – topped four blocs in today’s competition, finishing in joint eight place with Belgium’s Nicolas Collin. Great Britain’s Alex Waterhouse and United States' Zach Galla  each qualified for their first World Cup semi-final, closing the opening round in seventh and 12th place respectively.

Full results from the men’s Boulder qualification round can be found here.

Competing in tomorrow’s semi-final are:

  • Kokoro Fujii (JPN)
  • Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
  • Anze Peharc (SLO)
  • Nicolai Uznik (AUT)
  • Sohta Amagasa (JPN)
  • Simon Lorenzi (BEL)
  • Alex Waterhouse (GBR)
  • Nicolas Collin (BEL)
  • Mejdi Schalck (FRA)
  • Alexander Megos (GER)
  • Nathaniel Coleman (USA)
  • Zach Galla (USA)
  • Sean Bailey (USA)
  • Rei Sugimoto (JPN)
  • Yannick Flohé (GER)
  • Yoshiyuki Ogata (JPN)
  • Sean McColl (CAN)
  • Maximillian Milne (GBR)
  • Aleksey Rubtsov (RUS)
  • Manuel Cornu (FRA)

The women’s Boulder qualification round will take place today at 3:30 PM (UTC-6:00).

210529 IFSC News Team Japan leads the way into the mens boulder semi final in Salt Lake City Tomoa Narasaki of Japan
Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC

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