Shauna Coxsey earned women's gold in the season opening event ©Getty Images

Shauna Coxsey claimed victory in the women’s bouldering competition at the first event of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Word Cup season in Meiringen.

The Briton, the runner-up in the overall series in both 2014 and 2015, cruised through the qualification rounds.

Coxsey secured one of six places in the final stage of the competition after impressing in the semi-finals, where she ended with tops and two bonuses.

The 23-year-old dominated the final, finishing top of the podium with three tops and four bonuses.

France’s Melissa Le Neve finished second on two tops and four bonuses.

America’s Megan Mascarenas edged out reigning World Cup champion Akiyo Noguchi of Japan to claim third place in the standings.

"I felt really ready to climb before the final and I was looking forward to trying hard,” said Coxsey.

“The first competition of the season is always an interesting one, it's impossible to know how you'll be climbing compared to the other competitors.

“Safe to say I'm pretty pleased, I can't thank everyone enough for all of the support.”

Russia’s Alexey Rubtstov topped the men's podium in Meiringen
Russia’s Alexey Rubtstov topped the men's podium in Meiringen ©IFSC

In the men’s competition, Russia’s Alexey Rubtstov claimed the gold medal after securing two tops and three bonuses in the final.

The Czech Republic’s Stranik Martin was forced to settle for second place on two tops and two bonuses.

Austria's Verhoeven Jorg took the bronze medal.

Climbing is one of five sports - along with baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding and surfing - to be recommended for inclusion at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 

If climbing is selected by the International Olympic Committee at its Session in Rio de Janeiro in August, bouldering and lead and speed combined will be the two disciplines contested.

A total of 40 climbers would take part in the event.