Sport Climbing – Natalia Grossman triumphs in Brixen to assert fourth IFSC Boulder World Cup win in a row

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Natalia Grossman continues her impressive 2022 season in the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Bouldering World Cup with her fourth straight win.

The reigning world champion won the women’s event in Brixen, Italy, stage five of the international circuit on Saturday (June 11) as she edged out Germany Hannah Meul | after an intense head-to-head battle.

Grossman showed three blocks out of four in the women’s final and claimed her sixth gold medal at the IFSC World Cup with four tops and four zones. Meul matched the American’s result, but she finished second because she used another try.

“It felt really good to be back under no pressure because I had a lot of pressure in Salt Lake,” Grossman told the IFSC.

“Hannah definitely kept me going the whole last lap so it was fun dealing with the pressure but I’m glad I managed to stick together.”

At the season-opening event in Meiringen, Switzerland, the American finished second behind Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Janja Garnbret, who has since retired from the competition.

16 years old Luo Zilu from China made a spectacular World Cup debut by finishing third after two summits and four zones.

Olympic silver medalist Nohaka Miho from Japan missed the podium with a top and four zones.

The men’s bouldering final at the IFSC World Cup in Brixen takes place on Sunday (June 12) at 7 p.m. local time.