Natalia Grossman wins Brixen Boulder World Cup 2022


The fifth stage of the Boulder World Cup 2022 was won in Brixen / Bressanone, Italy, by Natalia Grossman of the USA ahead of Hannah Meul from Germany and 16-year-old Zhilu Luo from China.

This evening saw the conclusion of the women’s event at the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Boulder World Cup Brixen 2022, where in an intense head-to-head battle against Germany’s Hannah Meul, Natalia Grossman of the USA triumphed.

With four tops and four zones, Grossman achieved her sixth IFSC World Cup gold medal to date – four of which she has obtained during the 2022 season so far. The American put on a spectacular performance by flashing three out of four boulders in tonight’s final, after having flashed every single bloc in the previous two rounds. As such, Grossman deservedly earned her fourth consecutive first place finish.

“I’m really grateful and excited for more. I feel like at least during the qualification and semi-final rounds, I had the most fun I’ve had in a really long time. It felt really good to compete without pressure again, because in Salt Lake I had a lot of pressure. Hannah definitely kept me on my toes the whole final round so that was kind of fun dealing with the pressure, but I’m glad I was able to keep it together,” said Grossman following her win.

“I’ve been focusing mainly on boulders this year, but I’m very excited to get the opportunity to compete in Lead because I love Lead climbing. We’ll see how it goes!” she added when questioned about the upcoming IFSC Lead World Cup season.

Matching Grossman’s score of four tops and four zones, Meul of Germany placed second due to using just one more attempt than the American. Flashing two of the final blocs, Meul climbed atop her first ever IFSC World Cup podium and walked away with a silver medal around her neck.

Completing the podium was China’s Luo Zhilu, impressively bagging a bronze medal in her debut IFSC World Cup with two tops and four zones. After a stellar first appearance on the international Sport Climbing circuit, the 16-year-old climber is pinned as one to watch moving forward.

Olympic silver-medallist Nonaka Miho, of Japan, just missed out on a podium position in fourth place, with one top and four zones. Her teammates Matsufuji Anon and Okawachi Serika ranked fifth and sixth respectively, with Matsufuji achieving one top and three zones, and Serika securing zero tops but three zones.

1 Natalia Grossman USA 4t4z 6 5
2 Hannah Meul GER 4t4z 6 6
3 Zhilu Luo CHN 2t4z 5 9
4 Miho Nonaka JPN 1t4z 1 4
5 Anon Matsufuji JPN 1t3z 4 6
6 Serika Okawachi JPN 0t3z 0 8
7 Jessica Pilz AUT
8 Futaba Ito JPN
9 Fanny Gibert FRA
10 Stasa Gejo SRB
11 Vita Lukan SLO
12 Ayala Kerem ISR
13 Franziska Sterrer AUT
14 Chaehyun Seo KOR
15 Petra Klingler SUI
16 Camilla Moroni ITA
17 Julija Kruder SLO
18 Oceania Mackenzie AUS
19 Cloe Coscoy USA
20 Holly Toothill GBR
21 Nanako Kura JPN
21 Giorgia Tesio ITA
23 Chloe Caulier BEL
23 Katja Debevec SLO
25 Laura Rogora ITA
25 Quinn Mason USA
25 Agathe Calliet FRA
28 Sol Sa KOR
29 Kylie Cullen USA
29 Sofya Yokoyama SUI
31 Adriene Clark USA
31 Aleksandra Totkova BUL
33 Hannah Slaney GBR
33 Yael Taub ISR
35 Alannah Yip CAN
35 Sandra Lettner AUT
37 Valentina Aguado ARG
37 Eva Maria Hammelmüller AUT
39 Madison Fischer CAN
39 Hana Koike JPN
41 Roxana Wienand GER
41 Federica Papetti ITA
43 Flavy Cohaut FRA
43 Saki Kikuchi JPN
45 Irina Daziano ITA
45 Rebeca Pérez Duato ESP
47 Maya Madere USA
47 Rocio Ailen Becerra ARG
49 Tara Hayes GBR
49 Giulia Medici ITA
51 Leonie Lochner GER
51 Maya Dreamer ISR
53 Jennifer Wood GBR
53 Aida Torres Illamola ESP
55 Afra Hönig GER
55 Paige Boklaschuk CAN
57 Hung Ying Lee TPE
57 Hongchun Xiang CHN
59 Yuetong Zhang CHN
59 Natalie Bärtschi SUI
61 Margaryta Zakharova UKR
61 Francesca Matuella ITA
61 Miriam Fogu ITA
64 Yejoo Seo KOR
65 Beatrice Colli ITA
65 Kseniia Zakharova UKR
67 Laura Loikas FIN
67 Yula Gold ISR
69 Valeri Kremer ISR
69 Anna Maria Apel GER
69 Lia Wieckowski CAN
72 Rebecca Frangos CAN
72 Anastasia Kobets UKR
74 Mia Weeda AUS
75 Phoebe Kenderdine NZL
75 Wai-Mui Ling HKG
77 Rugile Tamosiunaite LTU
77 Tseng-Shun Wong HKG
79 Elizabeth Sepulveda PUR
79 Siobhan Dobie AUS


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