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Sport climbing: Japan's Narasaki wins 2nd bouldering world title

Japan's Tomoa Narasaki wins his second bouldering crown at sport climbing's world championships on Aug. 13, 2019, while compatriot Akiyo Noguchi repeats as women's bouldering silver medalist. (Kyodo)
Akiyo Noguchi, of Japan, competes in the women's bouldering final at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships, on Aug. 13, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's Tomoa Narasaki won his second bouldering crown at sport climbing's world championships on Tuesday, while compatriot Akiyo Noguchi repeated as women's bouldering silver medalist.

Bouldering, where climbers tackle as many different routes or "problems" as they can, is one of three sport climbing events that will make their Olympic debut next summer in Tokyo. The other two are speed climbing and lead climbing.

The 23-year-old Narasaki, 2016 world champion and the overall World Cup winner in 2016 and 2019, won the final at western Tokyo's Esforta Arena Hachioji over silver medalist Jakob Schubert of Austria and bronze medalist Yannick Flohe of Germany.

Japanese climbers Kokoro Fujii and Keita Dohi finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

In women's bouldering, Noguchi finished second behind Slovene Janja Garnbret and ahead of Britain's Shauna Coxsey.

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