Ondra and Garnbret take the gold in a great final | 2019 Meiringen Bouldering World Cup

Rei Sugimoto during the final

The season has started on a very high note. The competition in Meiringen has been great and the final was a memorable one. Adam Ondra and Janja Garnbret won the competition and team Japan walked away with 3 medals.

The moment of the night: Adam Ondra flashing M4

The setting in Meiringen has been really good, perfect difficulty (especially in semis and final), very little mistakes and a great final show (in which both winners were decided on the last problem).

The style was quite powerful, with some hints of “circus climbing” to spice things up, but overall relatively old-school. And it doesn’t get much more old-school than crack climbing. Adam Ondra proved to be the most versatile of the climbers in the final and his flash of M4 is already part of the World Cup history.

Team Japan looks incredibly strong, with a total of 5 climbers in the final. Akiyo Noguchi and Tomoa Narasaki were close to the gold, ending up with the silver medals. Shauna Coxsey didn’t look as strong as she’s been in the past, but even without climbing at her best she was capable of securing the bronze. On the male side, bronze medalist Rei Sugimoto looked as young, strong and motivated as he was when he won his first gold back in 2013.

'This victory means a lot to me' - Janja Garnbret

On a more technical side, the livestream worked well, the commentary was really good and perhaps the only disappointment was, once again, the poor camerawork. That aside, Meiringen has been a great competition and we can only hope that the rest of the events can maintain this high standard.

You can check the results here: men & women.

The World Cup continues on Friday in Moscow, with a combined event of Bouldering and Speed.

Check out these highlights from the final by Theo Benjamin:

And here’s the replay:

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