Jain Kim of Korea stood at the center of the podium for her third consecutive year in Briançon, France. She took gold in the second IFSC World Cup Lead competition of the season, this time after knee surgery.
“It feels so nice to get onto my first podium of this new season after the surgery,” Kim wrote on Facebook. “Even though I missed the top of the final route, it was awesome to have topped out in Semi-Finals on the first night.”
Kim and Austrian climber Jessica Pilz tied in Finals on July 18, each scoring 47+ points, but Kim’s topping the Semi-Final route gave her the gold. Anak Verhoeven of Belgium earned 46+ points to take third.
In the men’s field, French favorite Gautier Supper won by six points over Minoru Nakano of Japan. Jakob Schubert of Austria took the bronze.
American favorite Delaney Miller missed the second clip in Finals and was called down by the judges. Though she was tied for third after Semi-Finals, her mistake left her in seventh place.
“I earned my skip-a-clip at a comp life card,” Miller wrote on Facebook. “Every climber has to do it at least once in their career. It’s been checked off the list.”
Imst, Austria, will host next lead IFSC World Cup July 31 to August 1. For more information and to watch live streaming of the event, visit the IFSC website.
Jain Kim (KOR)
Jessica Pilz (AUT)
Anak Verhoeven (BEL)
Mathilde Becerra (FRA)
Risa Ota (JPN)
Dinara Fakhritdinova (RUS)
Delaney Miller (USA)
Mina Markovič (SLO)
Gautier Supper (FRA)
Minoru Nakano (JPN)
Jakob Schubert (AUT)
Dmitrii Fakirianov (RUS)
Sean McColl (CAN)
Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA)
Adam Ondra (CZE)
Romain Desgranges (FRA)
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