The World Cup continues in Japan! Hachioji 2018 Preview

After a short break, the 2018 IFSC Bouldering World Cup continues in Japan. Hachioji, located to the west of Tokyo, will host the 5th event of the season. The massive Japanese team will be in the spotlight and Shauna Coxsey will be competing again.

38 Japanese climbers will take part in the qualifying round tomorrow. Don’t be surprised if half (or more) of the semifinalists wear the blue t-shirt of Team Japan. All their usually stars will be there, plus Meichi Narasaki, who’s back from an injury.

Shauna Coxsey is back as well, after skipping the events in China. It will be interesting to see how strong she is and how much of a fight she puts (I got the impression that she was in cruise mode during the finals in Meiringen and Moscow).

On the other hand, German star Jan Hojer decided to go straight to Colorado, skipping Hachioji. That’s an interesting strategy, he’s gonna be pretty fresh and ready compared to those who are currently in Japan. There are just 5 days between the final in Hachioji and the qualifying round in Vail, and giving the time difference (15 hours), the amount of traveling and the altitude, many climbers will have a hard time feeling 100% ready in Vail.

More info, and the entire starting list on the event page.

Katja Vidmar, first female IFSC Setter

For the first time ever, a woman will be part of the official route setting team in an IFSC event. Obviously, several females have been involved in the setting before, but this is the first time that a woman is part of the team as IFSC Setter. Vidmar was part of the team, for instance, at the Youth World Championships in Innsbruck last year. The setting team in Hachioji will be led by Manu Hassler and Percy Bishton will be the third IFSC setter.

World Cup Ranking

After 4 events, Jernej Kruder leads the male overall while Miho Nonaka and Akiyo Noguchi are almost tied in 1st place on the female side:

World Cup ranking after 4 World Cups:
1- Jernej Kruder (307 points) – Miho Nonaka (340 points)
2- Tomoa Narasaki (251 points) – Akiyo Noguchi (330 points)
3- Alexey Rubtsov (208 points) – Fanny Gibert (207 points)

Check the rankings here.


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Saturday 2

10 am Female Qualifiers – Livestream:

3 pm Male Qualifiers – Livestream:

Sunday 3

Semis at 9.00 am – Livestream:

Finals at 2.30 pm – Livestream:

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