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Ondra, Kim Sweep Lead World Cup in Wujiang, China

Adam Ondra and Jain Kim crushed in Wujiang, China, beating other competitors by a wide margin. Cover Photo: Ondra in Stavanger, Norway. IFSC/Elias Holzknecht.

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Jain Kim eyes up the route in Stavanger, Norway. Photo: IFSC/Elias Holzknecht.

Adam Ondra (Czech Republic) dominated the IFSC Lead World Cup in Wujiang, China, this weekend, beating out Slovenia’s Domen Skofic by four moves in Finals. This is Ondra’s first gold medal of the season, but his consistent performances have landed him in second place for overall Lead World Champion, just ten points behind Gautier Supper (France).

Sean McColl (Canada) completed the men’s podium for his best performance of the Lead season. Ramon Julian Puigblanque (Spain) came in fourth, while Jakob Schubert’s fifth-place finish established the Austrian climber in third place overall, making him another strong contender for men’s Lead World Champion.

Jain Kim (Korea) swept the women’s competition, reaching six holds higher than Belgium’s Anak Verhoeven, who finished second. Kim and Verhoeven were the only two women to stick the shutdown move that stymied every other finals competitor. Six women fell from the same hold, resulting in a tie that forced judges to decide rankings based on their semi-finals results. Jessica Pilz, of Austria, took third on the podium.

Mina Markovic (Slovenia), even without a podium finish this weekend, still ranks in first place overall for women’s Lead World Champion. Close behind follow Jain Kim, in second place, Jessica Pilz, in third, and Anak Verhoeven, in fourth.

This year’s Lead World Champions will be decided in the final IFSC Lead World Cup of the season in Kranj, Slovenia on November 14-15.

2015 IFSC Lead World Cup Wujiang Results (Top 8)


1. Jain Kim (KOR) — 40+ points

2. Anak Verhoeven (BEL) — 34 points

3. Jessica Pilz (AUT) — 33+ points

4. Hélène Janicot(FRA) — 33+ points

5. Yuka Kobayashi (JPN) — 33+ points

6. Mina Markovič (SLO) — 33+ points

7. Magdalena Rock (AUT) — 33+ points

8. Katharina Posch (AUT) — 33+ points

Complete women’s results


1. Adam Ondra (CZE) — 35 points

2. Domen Skofic (SLO) — 31 points

3. Sean McColl (CAN) — 28+ points

4. Ramon Julian Puigblanque (ESP) — 26+ points

5. Jakob Schubert (AUT) — 22 points

6. Sebastian Halenke (GER) — 21 points

7. Gautier Supper (FRA) — 21 points

8. Minoru Nakano (JPN) — 10 points

Complete men’s results