USA’s Natalia Grossman claims boulder victory in Italy

World champion Natalia Grossman dominated the boulder event at the IFSC Sport Climbing World Cup in Brixen, Italy on Saturday (10 June).

The American was the only woman to top all four boulders although she had a bit of a scare on the third test on which she became clearly agitated on multiple attempts.

She made it at the end, and had no problem with the final test to claim another World Cup win as she bids for a third consecutive overall title.

She told IFSC afterwards, “This was a little challenging. The third boulder gave me a run for my money… I started ‘rapid firing’ which is something I’m trying not to do. Sometimes it takes me a while to learn a move so repetition.”

Former world lead champion Chaehyun Seo was delighted with her second place as the 19-year-old from Republic of Korea topped three boulders to claim her first career World Cup boulder medal.

She finished narrowly ahead of Serbia’s Stasa Gejo who also had three tops and four zones but had two more top attempts.

Israel’s Ayala Kerem was fourth having also managed three tops and four zones but her 10 top attempts cost her a place on the podium.

Australia’s Oceania Mackenzie was fifth with two tops ahead of Johanna Färber of Austria who had just one top.

Sport Climbing World Cup Brixen schedule

All times CEST (UTC+2):

Sunday 11 June

11:00 Men’s boulder semi-final

20:00 Men’s boulder final

How to watch the IFSC Sport Climbing World Cup Brixen

Live coverage of the action is available on Olympic Channel via (territorial restrictions may apply).

It is also available via International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) broadcast partners and their YouTube Channel (geo-restrictions may apply).

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