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Déjà Vu for Women, Ghisolfi Gets First Gold

Mina Markovic takes her second gold of the World Cup tour while Stefano Ghisolfi of Spain wins his first World Cup medal ever.

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Mina Markovic again took gold for the women while Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy grabbed first place for the men at the second stop of the IFSC’s World Cup Asian Tour in Wujiang, China

The podium for the women’s division remained unchanged from last week’s competition in Mokpo, Korea. Markovic followed by Anak Verhoeven of Belgium in second and France’s Helen Janicot in third.

“I really enjoyed and fought well on one of the hardest routes I probably ever tried in a comp,” Markovic posted on Instagram.

The men’s division saw a little bit of reshuffling from last week. The winner of Mokpo’s event, Jakob Schubert, and the 2014 World Champion Adam Ondra missed out on finals, winding up in 17th and 19th place respectively.

“It has been a while that I haven’t made finals,” Schubert posted on his Facebook page. “Unfortunately I underestimated a move in semis and slipped off.”

Ghisolfi moved up from his sixth place finish in Mokpo, his first ever World Cup victory and second time on the podium after he took bronze in Xining, China, in 2012.

“Still can’t believe it, I won the World Cup in Wujiang!” Ghisolfi posted on his Facebook. “China brings me good luck! A dream come true.”

Ramon Julian Puigblanque of Spain improved from his fourth place in Mokpo to take second and Romain Desgranges of France again ended up in third.

The 2014 Lead World Champion Jain Kim of Korea finished outside of finals in the women’s division for the second week in a row.

Canada’s Elan Jonas McCrae stepped from 14th place in Mokpo to 10th in Wuijang. Shane Messer of the United States again ended up near the end of the pack in 21st. Representing the only North American to advance out of semi-finals, Sean McColl of Canada went into finals in first place, but again finished in fifth overall.

“I entered finals in first place but had the worst finals performance this year,” McColl posted on Facebook. “All part of the game I know and I’m already stoked to be here in Japan! Bring on the sushi, udon and teriyaki!”

Athletes will go to Inzai, Japan, this weekend for the last of three stops on the World Cup Asian Tour before heading to Kranj, Slovenia, for the final Lead World Cup of the season.