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Katharina Saurwein at the IFSC Climbing World Cup 2016, Navi Mumbai | Photo © Sharad Chandra/Girivihar
For the first time in India’s sports history, the World Cup in Bouldering was hosted in India in May 2016 at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi. A total of 95 athletes, 80 foreign nationals and 15 Indians, participated in the world cup which included bouldering a five metre wall within five minutes.
The IFSC conducts eight world cup competitions every year for rock climbing in three categories – lead climbing, bouldering and speed climbing. While lead climbing and speed climbing uses supports like ropes, bouldering needs covering an obstacle filled route without using any support system. The participant rising to the top overcoming maximum obstacles within the set time qualifies.
Climbing is an international sport with eight World Cups held each year in the Bouldering discipline alone. The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) regulates the sport and is an associate of the International Olympic Committee. Climbing is being introduced as a new sport in the Asian Games 2018 and is also short listed to feature in the 2020 Olympics
Watch the replay of the Boulder Finals World Cup 2016 of Navi Mumbai!
Women's results:
  1. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
  2. Monika Retschy (GER)
  3. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)
  4. Melissa Le Nevé (FRA)
  5. Sol Sa (KOR)
  6. Katharina Saurwein (AUT)
Men's results:
  1. Kokoro Fujii (JPN)
  2. Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
  3. Alexey Rubtsov (RUS)
  4. Jongwon Chon (KOR)
  5. Rustam Gelmanov (RUS)
  6. Jeremy Bonder (FRA)
What really set the tone for the competition were the upsets en route. Brit Shauna Coxsey, who was unbeaten in 2016 until now, was eliminated in the semi-finals as Miho Nonaka of Japan took top spot followed by Germany’s Monika Retschy while Noguchifinished third.
The Japanese dominated the men’s section as well, as Kokoro Fujii and Tomoa Narasakimade it a one-two on the podium, followed by Russia’s Alexey Rubtsov, ahead of the likes of German Jan Hojer and the experienced Canadian, Sean McColl.
About IFSC:

The IFSC is an international non-governmental non-profit organization whose main objectives are the direction, regulation, promotion, development and furtherance of climbing competitions around the world.
Website: http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/
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