Shauna Coxsey: British climber wins Bouldering World Cup title

Britain's Shauna Coxsey
Shauna Coxsey began climbing at the age of four

Shauna Coxsey became the first Briton to win the Bouldering World Cup by finishing second in the penultimate event of the season in Colorado.

The 23-year-old from Runcorn, who became an MBE last week, had finished runner-up in the past two years.

But four wins and a second place this year make her Britain's first champion in the event's 17-year history.

Sport climbing is hoping to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with a decision expected on 3 August.

Rob Adie of the British Mountaineering Council, which supports and administrates the GB climbing team, said: "It's important we get competition climbing visible in the public eye as much as possible, which Shauna's win and MBE will help us greatly to do."

Bouldering is a form of climbing usually practised on small rocks and boulders.