Near faultless Natalia Grossman takes bouldering title at the IFSC World Championships in Moscow

The American missed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but rebounded with a dominant display to take the women's bouldering title at the 2021 sport climbing world championships in Russia.

By Ed Knowles
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Natalia Grossman of the USA put on a sport climbing masterclass to secure the bouldering world title at the IFSC World Championships in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday (18 September).

Italy’s Camilla Moroni took second place in the women's event, while Stasa Gejo of Serbia completed her comeback from injury with a well-deserved bronze medal.

Grossman didn’t make it to the Olympic Games but her close friend, training partner and compatriot Brooke Raboutou finished fifth in the combined competition in Tokyo.

Brooke ran over to celebrate Natalia's victory in Moscow after a composed performance saw the 20-year-old calmly seal victory with seemingly few major problems.

“I don't really have many feelings right now because don't know what to feel!" she told afterwards.

"I'm very excited and I just can't believe it really, but at the same time I can. I think it'll take some time to soak in.

"I know my parents were watching and I'm excited to speak to them. We are going to go out for dinner with the team now and then celebrate back at home with something good. I like to go out to dinner so we will get a nice big meal!"

The win caps off an impressive season for Grossman, who became the first person since 2018 to beat Olympic champion Janja Garnbret, at the first bouldering World Cup of 2021.

Lead and bouldering will be combined at the Olympics in Paris with speed forming its own discipline in 2024.

It was easily the highest profile result for Camilla Moroni who came second. She also finished second at the European Youth Championships in bouldering in 2019.

Stasa Gejo won the World Games bouldering title in Wrocław back in 2017. This was her second bronze world championship medal in bouldering after picking one up from the 2018 edition in Innsbruck.

The 2021 event was streamed live by Olympic Channel and available to watch on right here.


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