IFSC Lead World Cup Imst: Report

The fourth round of the IFSC Lead World Cup took place in Imst, Austria this weekend. A permanent fixture on the IFSC calendar, the long, steep overhang of Kletterhalle Imst's outdoor competition wall shook up the standings from previous rounds. Domen Skofic of Slovenia and local Austrian climber Magdalena Röck took Gold.

Magdalena Röck in action, 184 kb
Magdalena Röck in action
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The line-up for Saturday night's finals was fairly typical, with three French climbers, two Koreans, four Slovenians and two Austrians qualifying for finals on home turf across both categories.

The men started off the evening on a volume-heavy route with a delicate first section. Austrian competitor Jakob Schubert set an early highpoint of 53+, which wasn't matched until Domen Skofic climbed to the same move four climbers later, Domen taking the lead on countback to the semi-final round. Ramon Julian Puigblanque of Spain fell lower than expected after qualifying in first place, leaving him in 7th ahead of Korea's Hanwool Kim in his first World Cup final. Gautier Supper of France completed the podium in 3rd place.

Domen Skofic on his way to a win, 167 kb
Domen Skofic on his way to a win
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Domen's World Cup season has started promisingly and he currently leads the overall ranking by almost 100 points, with three wins out of four rounds so far - with a slight blip in Villars where he placed 13th.

Men's Podium: Schubert, Skofic and Supper, 239 kb
Men's Podium: Schubert, Skofic and Supper
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

In the women's event, Korea's Jain Kim set an early highpoint at the lip of the steepest section of the wall, sitting in the leader's chair until Slovenia's Mina Markovic matched her performance but went into the lead on countback. A strong performance by local climber Magdalena Röck from nearby Landeck placed her ahead of Mina. Mina's teammate Janja Garnbret - who had until this round been dominant, winning three Golds in three rounds - failed to continue her winning streak throughout each round of the competition, placing 2nd in qualification behind Anak Verhoeven of Belgium and 3rd in the semi-final round.

Anak Verhoeven checks her stopwatch in the women's final, 178 kb
Anak Verhoeven checks her stopwatch in the women's final
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

A seemingly rushed climb on the final route resulted in a few route-reading mistakes which cost Janja time and energy - resulting in a disappointing 5th place for the young Slovenian. Despite a strong performance in the qualifiers and semi-finals, Anak Verhoeven ran out of time in the roof section and had to settle for 4th place. Janja remains in the lead for the overall ranking with an 80 point lead over Magdalena Röck.

Women's Podium, Imst: Markovic, Röck, Kim, 218 kb
Women's Podium, Imst: Markovic, Röck, Kim
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

The next round of the 2016 IFSC Lead World Cup is in Arco, Italy this weekend.

Watch the replay below:

Full results below:

IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Imst (AUT) 2016

MENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Domen Skofic SLO 52+ 53+
2 Jakob Schubert AUT 45+ 53+
3 Gautier Supper FRA 49+ 50
4 Romain Desgranges FRA 51 49+
5 Sebastian Halenke GER 49 49+
6 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 45 45+
7 Ramón Julian Puigblanque ESP Top 43+
8 Hanwool Kim KOR 45+ 33
9 Keiichiro KORENAGA JPN 44.5+  
10 Loïc Timmermans BEL 44.5+  
11 Thomas JOANNES FRA 44.5  
12 Francesco Vettorata ITA 44.5  
13 Masahiro HIGUCHI JPN 44+  
14 Tomas Ravanal CHI 44+  
15 Sascha Lehmann SUI 44+  
16 Max Rudigier AUT 44  
17 Urban Primozic SLO 43+  
18 Mikhail Chernikov RUS 41+  
19 Sergei Bydtaev RUS 40+  
20 Marcello Bombardi ITA 39+  
Full results

WOMENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Magdalena Röck AUT 57+ 56+
2 Mina Markovic SLO 59+ 56
3 Jain Kim KOR 56+ 56
4 Anak VERHOEVEN BEL 59+ 54
5 Janja Garnbret SLO 58+ 50+
6 Julia Chanourdie FRA 54 45+
7 Tjasa KALAN SLO 51 45+
8 Anne-Sophie Koller SUI 54+ 39
9 Christine Schranz AUT 50+  
10 Nolwenn ARC FRA 50+  
11 Hélène Janicot FRA 48+  
12 Yuka Kobayashi JPN 48+  
13 Salomé Romain FRA 47+  
14 Ievgeniia Kazbekova UKR 43  
15 Risa OTA JPN 42+  
16 Rebeka Kamin SLO 42+  
17 Mathilde Becerra FRA 41+  
18 Dinara Fakhritdinova RUS 40+  
19 Netta Fredman ISR 40+  
20 Alina Ring SUI 36+  
Full results


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