Ogata crowned champion of the season, Japan dominate

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Japan’s Yoshiyuki Ogata won bronze in men’s bouldering at the Sport Climbing World Cup in Innsbruck on Thursday to claim the overall title for the second straight season.

Ogata appeared in the final of all six World Cups and won five medals before becoming the winner of the 2022 World Cup. He was joined by Tomoa Narasaki and Kokoro Fujii in the top three of the World Cup standings, Japan completing a general sweep of the podium en bloc.

(L to R) Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki, Yoshiyuki Ogata and Kokoro Fujii pose on the podium after being crowned the top three in the World Cup standings in Innsbruck, Austria on June 23, 2022. (Kyodo)

“I feel like I worked harder to win this overall title compared to last season,” Ogata said.

“I’m able to overcome tough problems on the rock. My bouldering skills are improving, so I want to work on my lead climbing skills next,” he said.

American Colin Duffy dominated the final six at the season finale in Innsbruck. The victory is the first World Cup win for the 18-year-old.

There are three disciplines in competitive sport climbing – bouldering, lead and speed – which were contested in a single event at the Tokyo Olympics. At the Paris Games in 2024, lead and block will be combined, with a separate set of medals at stake in the speed event.

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