Eight Countries Dominate at the IFSC Lead World Cup in Kranj
Janja Garnbret and Jakob Schubert concluded their seasons with gold medals in Slovenia last weekend.
The IFSC Lead World Cup in Kranj, Slovenia last weekend drew to a close the 2017 sport climbing season. Jakob Schubert of Austria took first for the men, while Janja Garnbret of Slovenia took the women’s victory at home.
Garnbret has had quite the year in competition climbing. As stated in the IFSC press release, “She is the first athlete to win nine IFSC World Cup events in a single season, and her 1,135 points in the Combined this year is also the most ever accumulated in a single season.” Garnbret recently took first place in the women’s Lead World Cup last month in China, one of the nine World Cups she has won this year.
Garnbret is only 18 years old and, according to the IFSC charts, ranks first in the world for women’s lead, with Jain Kim of Korea just behind her. Kim took second place in the women’s Lead World Cup. Although Slovenia had the most athletes in the finals, Great Britain was had strong performances from Molly Thompson-Smith (third) and Shauna Coxsey (eighth). Three climbers from Italy also took fifth, sixth and seventh in the men’s finals.
Twenty-six-year-old Schubert, a two-time Lead season champion and three-time Combined season champion, beat out German climber Alex Megos for first place at Kranj. Megos fell at the last move of the finals route. This was Schubert’s 18th World Cup victory. Dmitrii Fakirianov of Russia won third place at his first IFSC World Cup of the year. Romain Desgranges of France took the Lead season champion title for men.
Tomoa Narasaki of Japan was the Combined season champion for the men, with Jongwon of Korea in second and Kokoro Fujii in third. Garnbret was the women’s Combined season champion, with Kim following in second and Coxsey in third.
Team USA did not compete at the Kranj World Cup.
RESULTS – Finals (Top 8)
1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)
2. Jain Kim (KOR)
3. Molly Thompson-Smith (GBR)
4. Julia Chanourdie (FRA)
5. Mina Markovic (SLO)
6. Shauna Coxsey (GBR)
7. Vita Lukan (SLO)
8. Anak Verhoeven (BEL)
1. Jakob Schubert (AUT)
2. Alexander Megos (GER)
3. Dmitrii Fakirianov (RUS)
4. Domen Skofic (SLO)
5. Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA)
6. Francesco Vettorata (ITA)
7. Marcello Bombardi (ITA)
8. Jan Hojer (GER)
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