Janja Garnbret of Slovenia has once again claimed gold, her second consecutive win, at the IFSC Lead World Cup in Chamonix, France this week. Italy's Marello Bombardi won the men's event
for his first ever world cup medal, despite it being his first time to qualify for finals.
The male finalists Yuval Shemla of Israel and Löic Timmermans of Belgium and female finalists Tina Johnsen Hafsaas of Norway, Ievgeniia Kazbekova of Ukraine
and Mia Krampl of Slovenia were also first-time finalists, and Shemla was the first Israeli athlete to make a final round.
The men's finals saw a four-way tie between Bombardi, Keiichiro Korenga and Yuki Hada of Japan, and last week's Villars, Switzerland gold medalist Romain Desgranges of France, so the competition came down to semi-finals scores.
Overall, Hada placed third and Desgranges fourth, while Bombardi and Korenga remained tied. Subsequently, time was employed as a tie-breaker. Bombardi had ascended final route in 4 minutes 16
seconds, over a minute faster than Korenga, which gave Bombardi the edge and earned him the top podium spot and his first ever IFSC Lead World Cup
In the women's event, Garnbret, Jain Kim of Korea and Anak Verhoeven of Belgium all topped the final route. However, Garnbret's perfect scorecard meant
there was no uncertainty regarding her victory.
Sixteen-year-old American climber Brooke Raboutou made her first appearance in an IFSC Lead World Cup and placed 10th, just missing out of finals (top
eight from semi-finals). Also representing Team U.S.A. for women, Margo Hayes placed 25th, Audrey Sniezek placed 50th, Meagan Martin placed 54th and
Jennifer de la Torre placed 63rd. For men, Sean Bailey placed 16th, Martin Kuhnel placed 69th, John Brosler placed 78th and Dominick Spernaza placed
The next and third IFSC Lead World Cup of the season will be held in Briançon, France July 28th and 29th. Stay tuned.
Lead Results – Finals:
1. Janja Garnbret (SLO), TOP 1. Marcello Bombardi (ITA), TOP
2. Jain Kim (KOR), TOP 2. Keiichiro Korenaga (JPN),
3. Anak Verhoeven (BEL), TOP 3. Yuki Hada (JPN), TOP
4. Tina Johnsen Hafsaas (NOR), 37+ 4. Romain Desgranges (FRA), TOP