McColl Wins Bouldering Gold

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June 22, 2015 - Sean McColl from Vancouver, Canada, has won the Bouldering World Cup in Chongqing, China. McColl was the only male competitor to complete every problem in the comp, including all four routes in the finals. The 27-year-old, who last won a World Cup comp in 2013, is now ranked third for the 2015 season. Last year he finished the bouldering season ranked sixth overall.

Eighteen-year-old Nathaniel Coleman from Utah finished 18th in Chongqing, but, remarkably, he still stands atop the World Cup leaderboard on the strength of the two silver medals that he won this month, in Toronto and Vail. In addition to Coleman and McColl, Adam Ondra from the Czech Republic and Jan Hojer from Germany are all vying for the overall season win, with only two World Cup stops left, next week in Haiyang, China, and in August in Munich.

Meanwhile, Akiyo Noguchi from Japan seems a lock to repeat as World Cup bouldering champion, adding a win in Chongqing to her two silver medals in North America. Sierra Blair-Coyle, the only American woman competing in China, finished 21st.

Chongqing Bouldering World Cup June 20–21, 2015

Men 1. Sean McColl (CAN) 2. Jongwon Chon (KOR) 3. Tsukuru Hori (JAP)

Women 1. Akiyo Noguchi (JAP) 2. Miho Nonaka (JAP) 3. Shauna Coxsey (UK)