The final men’s bouldering event of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2022 took place tonight in Innsbruck, Austria. In the men’s bouldering finals, not only did Olympian Colin Duffy of the USA claim his first-ever IFSC World Cup gold medal from Tokyo 2020, but also Japan’s Ogata Yoshiyuki, who was crowned the 2022 bouldering season champion.
Tonight, Duffy’s highest World Cup finish was third, following his bronze medal win in the lead at the IFSC World Cup Villars 2021. With three tops and four zones, however, the Olympian clinched his first World Cup gold tonight as he looked at the scoreboard in disbelief, after seeing the final result of the competition.
“I was counting the tries in my head, I thought if Yoshi had blitzed he would have won, and as he made a few tries on the first move I gradually realized that I had won the contest and was shocked. I’m still in shock!” said Duffy of his victory.
“I wouldn’t be here without the other athletes on the US team. The support and camaraderie I share with the team is an integral part of this World Cup experience. I’m glad they were here to cheer me on and support me to the gold medal.” he added.
Second place went to Lee Dohyun of South Korea, who climbed to his first IFSC World Cup podium tonight with two tops and four zones. At the last Boulder World Cup in Brixen a few weeks ago, where he finished fourth, Lee just missed a podium place.
Japan’s Ogata Yoshiyuki took the bronze medal tonight with the same score as Lee and finished third as she used a higher number of attempts than the silver medalist. In a stellar 2022 season for the Japanese athlete, Ogata had five podiums out of a possible six in the IFSC Boulder World Cup that year, winning one gold, two silver and two bronze medals. With that, Ogata claims the title of Bouldering World Cup Overall Champion for 2022 with 3,990.0 points. Knowing what was at stake for the athlete, spectators lit up the Innsbruck climbing center with their smartphones as Ogata took to the mats to celebrate his to master the last boulder.
South Korean Olympian Chon Jongwon finished fourth in today’s final with two tops and three zones, while Japan’s Fujii Kokoro and Germany’s Yannick Flohé finished fifth and sixth. The latter two scored the same as Chon, but were placed lower due to their higher number of tries.
Japan scored a hat-trick in the 2022 IFSC Bouldering World Cup standings, securing second and third places alongside Ogata’s first place. Olympians Narasaki Tomoa and Fujii Kokoro scored 3,405.0 and 3,110.0 points, respectively.
For the full results of the Men’s Bouldering Finals in Innsbruck, click here.
For the 2022 IFSC Bouldering Men’s World Cup Rankings, click here.
The bouldering portion of the IFSC World Cup Innsbruck 2022 – and the 2022 Bouldering World Cup series as a whole – concludes tomorrow with the women’s semifinals taking place at 13:00 (UTC+2:00), followed by the women’s final at 19 :45 p.m. The tour then begins on Saturday, with qualifications beginning at 9:00am.
Information on the broadcast and live streaming of the IFSC Bouldering and Lead World Cup in Innsbruck can be found here. News and updates about the event will be available on the IFSC website and on the association’s social media profiles: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Colin Duffy of the USA finished Innsbruck with three tops and four zones
Photo: Dimitris Tosidis/IFSC