Shauna Coxsey celebrates another gold at Innsbruck. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Shauna Coxsey celebrates another gold at Innsbruck. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

British climber Shauna Coxsey returned to form with a fourth gold of the season in the international sport climbing bouldering world cup.

The Runcorn-based athlete topped the rankings in the latest round held at Innsbruck at the weekend.

After a disappointing showing in Mumbai, the 23-year-old came first in the fifth event of 2016.

A spokesperson from the International Federation of Sport Climbing, which organises the world cup, said: “After missing the finals cut in Navi Mumbai, Coxsey rebounded by flashing the last semi-finals problem in Innsbruck to tie Austrian local hero Anna Stohr for the final spot.

“Stohr excited her home crowd throughout the finals round, but top-ranked Coxsey won her fourth gold of the season by sending all four finals problems in less attempts than runner-up Janja Garnbret of Slovenia and bronze-medallist Miho Nonaka of Japan.

“The first women’s problem featured slippery round spheres with friction on only half the holds.

“Nearly every woman solved the riddle, but only Coxsey and fourth-place finisher Megan Mascarenas of the United States flashed the problem.

Shauna Coxsey in action on the 'slippery round spheres. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Shauna Coxsey in action on the 'slippery round spheres'. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

“[The second problem] required a technical transition to face climbing, but Coxsey, Garnbret and Mascarenas made it look easy.

“When Mascarenas stuck the dyno of W3 [the third problem] but couldn’t snag the final hold, Nonaka jumped into third place. With three tops apiece, the final standings came down to W4.

“Nonaka and Garnbret eventually surpassed the tricky clock-like structure, but Coxsey’s flash earned her the win.”

A flash is a clean climb of a route while a dyno is a jump from one hold to the next.

The next round of the world cup will take place in three weeks in Vail, Colorado.

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