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Mina Markovič, Ramón Julián Puigblanque Win Lead World Cup, Chamonix, France

European Champion Mina Markovič of Slovenia continued her winning streak this weekend in Chamonix, France, by topping out both the Semi-Final and Final routes to open her IFSC World Cup climbing season with another gold.

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Thousands gather to watch the World Cup competition in Chamonix, France. [Photo: IFSC]European Champion Mina Markovič of Slovenia continued her winning streak this weekend in Chamonix, France, by topping out both the Semi-Final and Final routes to open her IFSC World Cup climbing season with another gold.

“I’m satisfied with the level I’m currently at,” Markovič said in an IFSC interview after her win. “I love that I trained well this spring. I’m feeling really good and in shape.”

The Slovenian women’s team was at the top of the competition. Markovič’s teammate Janja Garnbret was the only other climber in the women’s competition to top both the Semi-Final and Final routes to take second; the women’s times were used to break their tie. Austrian Jessica Pilz won bronze after topping the Semi-Finals route and earning 47 points in Finals.

On the men’s side, Ramón Julián Puigblanque of Spain earned 53+ points to take gold, narrowly beating Adam Ondra by one point. Sebastian Halenke won the bronze, less than one point behind Ondra.

Delaney Miller, the only American in the women’s competition, earned a place in Semi-Finals after placing eight in Qualifiers. She took tenth overall.

No Americans competed in the men’s field, but Canadian favorite Sean McColl took eleventh, just missing finals.

“Lots of 1’s by my name, unfortunately it’s an 11,” McColl wrote on Facebook. “Always a bit strange switching into lead mode after a plethora of bouldering followed by Ninja antics.”

Anouck Jaubert of France and Libor Hroza of the Czech Republic won the women’s and men’s World Cup speed competitions, also held in Chamonix.

The next IFSC lead World Cup will be held July 17 and 18 in Briançon, France.


Watch the Men’s and Women’s Lead Finals in Chamonix:

Results:

Women’s Lead:

  1. Mina Markovič (SLO)
  2. Janja Garnbret (SLO)
  3. Jessica Pilz (AUT)
  4. Anak Verhoeven (BEL)
  5. Jain Kim (KOR)
  6. Hélène Janicot (FRA)
  7. Dinara FakhritDinova (RUS)
  8. Aya Onoe (JPN)

Men’s Lead:

  1. Ramón Julián Puigblanque (ESP)
  2. Adam Ondra (CZE)
  3. Sebastian Halenke (GER)
  4. Ramian Desgranges (FRA)
  5. Gautier Supper (FRA)
  6. Jakob Schubert (AUT)
  7. Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA)
  8. Dmitrii Fakirianov (RUS)