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The third Bouldering World Cup of the season (and the second consecutive bouldering event in Salt Lake City) began this morning with a rousing men’s qualification round. Team Japan demonstrated the strongest collective showing, with Kokoro Fujii and Tomoa Narasaki leading the pack into tomorrow’s semifinals. Placing just below Fujii and Narasaki was Slovenia’s Anze Peharc, a finalist from last weekend’s bouldering World Cup.
The top 20 men from the morning’s round will advance to the semifinals. Included in that bunch are a number of Americans: Hometown-favorite Nathaniel Coleman finished the qualification round in 11th place, Zach Galla in 12th, and Sean Bailey in 13th. Coleman, in particular, got the Salt Lake City crowd hyped early with a quick top of the first men’s boulder; he struggled on the second boulder, but came back strong to top the remaining three boulders.