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After being the only climber to top out in the semi-final round, Kai Lightner slipped in the finals, keeping him from reaching the podium in the 2013 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Youth Championship. Instead, he finished solid at 4th place in the Male Youth B class. Italian climber Stefano Carnati won gold in Lightner’s division.
Overall, it was Austria and Japan dominating the Lead Climbing podium with four medals each (both countries had two gold, a silver and a bronze). France was close behind with three medals.The event this year took place at the The Boulders Climbing Gym in Central Saanich, BC, August 15-19, 2013.
Kai Lightner’s 4th place finish was the highest by any American in the competition. Kai, who is also known for climbing outside (his ascents include flashes of Buttercup
(5.13b) and B.C.
(5.13c) as well as a redpoint of the Red River Gorge’s Southern Smoke (5.14c) in April 2013), is featured in Rock and Ice’s Spotlight in issue 212 (currently on newsstands).
American Delaney Miller, who won the 2013 SCS National Championship in April of this year, also finished strong, coming in 5th in the Female Juniors division. Delaney was one of only five competitors in her age bracket to reach the top during qualifications, and was in eighth place after semi-finals. For the host Canadians, the 10th place finish by Lyma Lamarche in the Female Juniors division was the best result of the weekend.
2013 IFSC World Youth Lead Competition results:
Male Juniors Division (born 1994/1995)
1. Dmitry Fakiryanov (Russia)
2. Sebastian Halenke (Germany)
3. Doman Skofic (Slovenia)
Male Youth A (born 1996/1997)
1. Naoki Shimatani (Japan)
2. Shinichiro Nomura (Japan)
3. Bernhard Röck (Austria)
6. Sean Bailey (USA)
Male Youth B (born 1998/1999)
1. Stefano Carnati (Italy)
2. Hugo Parmentier (France)
3. Sascha Lehmann (Switzerland)
4. Kai Lightner (USA)
Female Juniors Division (born 1994/1995)
1. Magdalena Röck (Austria)
2. Katharina Posch (Austria)
3. Manon Hily (France)
5. Delaney Miller (USA)
Female Youth A (born 1996/1997)
1. Jessica Pilz (Austria)
2. Anak Verhoeven (Belgium)
3. Julia Chanourdie (France)
Female Youth B (born 1998/1999)
1. Aika Tajima (Japan)
2. Emilie Gerhardt (Germany)
3. Miwa Oba (Japan)
5. Claire Buhrfeind (USA)
7. Margo Hayes (USA)
Check out this video that shows complete coverage of the finals event: