U.S. Girls Shine at World Youth Championship

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August 31, 2015 - Ashima Shiraishi won a gold medal in bouldering in her age group at the World Youth Championship in Arco, Italy, today, while Margo Hayes won silver in her group.

Shiraishi, 14, from New York, climbed every problem she faced in the three rounds of competition in Arco. She needed only six attempts to climb the four problems in the finals. For Hayes, 17, from Colorado, her second-place finish was the second big result she's seen in international competition this year. In June, she finished sixth in the Boulder World Cup in Vail, Colorado.

The two young women were the sole U.S. medalists today, but far from the only finalists. Natalia Grossman finished fourth and Brooke Raboutou fifth in the same final that Shiraishi won. Shawn Raboutou, 17, finished fourth in his age group. Nathaniel Coleman finished fifth in a stacked final won by Korean Jongwon Chon, currently the number one–ranked competition boulderer in the world. And Grace McKeehan finished sixth in her age group.

The lead and speed climbing portions of the World Youth Championship will take place throughout the rest of this week.

Female Youth B 1. Ashima Shiraishi (USA) 2. Elena Krasovskaia (RUS) 3. Vita Lukan (SLO)

Female Youth A 1. Janja Garnbret (SLO) 2. Margo Hayes (USA) 3. Asja Gollo (ITA)

Female Juniors 1. Stasa Gejo (SRB) 2. Miho Nonaka (JAP) 3. Jessica Pilz (AUT)

Male Youth B 1. Filip Schenk (ITA) 2. Keita Dohi (JAP) 3. Lukas Franckaert (BEL)

Male Youth A 1. Yoshiyuki Ogata (JAP) 2. Kai Harada (JAP) 3. Hugo Parmenter (FRA)

Male Juniors 1. Jongwon Chon (KOR) 2. Nicolas Pelorson (FRA) 3. Anze Peharc (SLO)