Shauna Coxsey on her way to winning the world title in Vail. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Shauna Coxsey on her way to winning the world title in Vail. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

A British climber topped an ‘incredible day’ by clinching a world title.

Shauna Coxsey gained a silver medal in the Vail round of the bouldering world cup to take the season’s overall championship.

Her victory came just hours after the 23-year-old Runcorn woman was appointed an MBE.

US climber Megan Mascarenas secured first place in the bouldering competition in front of her home crowed at the Colorado event, but Coxsey completed three finals problems to take second place, securing the overall championship.

Her nearest rival, Japan’s Miho Nonaka, could manage only fifth place at Vail.

The Briton secured her title in front of a large crowd at the penultimate round of the 2016 bouldering world cup season, topping a weekend that saw her awarded the MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

The climber Tweeted: “What a way to end an incredible day. Sat on the balcony watching this epic sunset. MBE and the World Title.”

Shauna Coxsey, left, joins gold medal winner Megan Mascarenas and third place Anna Stöhr of Austria on the Vail podium. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Shauna Coxsey, left, joins gold medal winner Megan Mascarenas and third place Anna Stöhr of Austria on the Vail podium. Photo: Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The International Federation of Sport Climbing, which organises the world cup, said: “After topping the last semi-finals problem in the exact number of attempts needed to qualify, Shauna Coxsey of Great Britain secured her top spot in the overall bouldering world cup standings by completing three finals problems for silver.”

Bouldering involves climbers tackling a course of fixed holds at relatively low heights without ropes.

The final round of the bouldering world cup will take place in Munich in August.

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