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WCH Kai Harada #25 in Japan Cup - New stars rising 
 

Click to Enlarge PictureLast year, Japan had ten male within the Top-21 in the Boulder World Cup in 2019 and Kai Harada won the World Championship. In the first Cup of the season we saw some interesting results where Harada was #25 and some lower ranked names on top. Taisei Ishimatsu ranked #9 among the Japanese in 2018 won ahead of Tomoa Narasaki. Third was Keita Dohi (18), who never made it to the semi last year in seven WCs.

#7 was Rei Kawamata (15), who last year did one 8B+. #9 was Yushiyuki Ogata (19) who last year best in the three disciplines were, #4, 15 and 22. His personal best in Speed is officially 6.71.

" I made 6.5s in training. So I wanna show this time in front of you. The next Cup is within two weeks and I hope to win. The most important competition in 2019 are the Combined Japan Cup in May (Top-5 will qualify to the WCH) and the Combined World Championship. Some Japanese might skip some World Cups because of training for these two important comps."

The best male and female from Japan will qualify to Tokyo 2020 in the WCH (if any is Top-6) and the remaining one + one will be selected as they are the host country.