The sport climbing legend about Narasaki Tomoa only continues to grow.
The Japanese veteran, three-time world champion and three-time world bouldering champion, won his sixth IFSC World Bouldering Championship on Sunday (May 21) in a dominant display, topping all four routes set – while winking three of them. (A flash is reaching the top of a boulder on the climber’s first attempt).
The 26-year-old Narasaki, who finished fourth at Tokyo 2020led a Japanese 1-2 in Salt Lake City, with 16-year-old Anraku Sorato in second place as he also topped all four boulders. Toby Robertsan 18-year-old from Team GB, won bronze.
Anraku and Roberts went 1-2 in peak climbing at the Youth WC last year in Dallas. It is the first World Cup podium ever for both teenagers in bouldering, while Roberts has a leading podium to his name from last season.
“I [feel] I’m getting better now,” Narasaki said via an interpreter on the IFSC live stream. “I’m really happy to win in Salt Lake.”
The men’s speed climbing final is set for Sunday evening at 2000 local time (US – Mountain Time).
On Saturday (May 20), American Natalia Grossman and Aleksandra Miroslaw of Poland, the speed climbing world record holder, swept the women’s boulder and speed events respectively.
More on the way.