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IFSC Lead World Cup Kranj 2018: Report

The latest round of the 2018 IFSC Lead World Cup took place in Kranj, Slovenia. Although this venue is traditionally host to the season finale in November, this year there remain two rounds in China - Wujiang and Xiamen - at the end of October.

Molly Thompson-Smith climbing to 16th place in Kranj., 226 kb
Molly Thompson-Smith climbing to 16th place in Kranj.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Team GB achieved one of their best ever all-round results, with three climbers reaching the semi-finals. William Bosi narrowly missed out on finals in 9th place, while Jim Pope and Molly Thompson-Smith both placed 16th.

Stefano Ghisolfi flying in the finals., 180 kb
Stefano Ghisolfi flying in the finals.
© IFSC/Eddie Fowke

Results below highlights and finals videos (don't scroll if you don't want to know!!)
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Results

MEN lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 36+
2 Jakob Schubert AUT 37+
3 Masahiro Higuchi JPN 35+
4 Marcello Bombardi ITA 30+
5 Sean McColl CAN 36+
6 Francesco Vettorata ITA 36
7 Yuki Hada JPN 34+
8 Kokoro Fujii JPN 32
9 William Bosi GBR 29+
10 Kai Harada JPN 29+
11 Fedir Samoilov UKR 28+
12 Domen Skofic SLO 27+
13 Taisei Homma JPN 27+
14 Yoshiyuki Ogata JPN 27+
15 Minoru Nakano JPN 26+
16 James Pope GBR 26+
17 David Firnenburg GER 25+
18 Jakub Konecny CZE 14
19 Thomas Joannes FRA 14
20 Romain Desgranges FRA 14
29 Hamish McArthur GBR Qual' 30 27.
46 Kieran Forrest GBR Qual' 20+ 47.
Full results

WOMEN lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Jain Kim KOR Top
2 Janja Garnbret SLO 40
3 Hannah Schubert AUT 38+
4 Jessica Pilz AUT 40+
5 Katharina Posch AUT 32
6 Natsumi Hirano JPN 34+
7 Katherine Choong SUI 34
8 Mina Markovic SLO 32
9 Mei Kotake JPN 31+
10 Mia Krampl SLO 30+
11 Manon Hily FRA 30+
12 Tjasa Kalan SLO 29+
13 Julia Fiser AUT 28+
14 Lana Skusek SLO 28+
15 Heloïse Doumont BEL 28
16 Molly Thompson- Smith GBR 26+
17 Hélène Janicot FRA 26
18 Anne-Sophie Koller SUI 25+
19 Katja Kadic SLO 25+
20 Vita Lukan SLO 25
37 Joanna Neame GBR Qual' 23 38.
Full results

In the men's final, 3 Italian and 3 Japanese athletes battled for a podium finish alongside 2018 Lead World Champion Jakob Schubert (AUT) and Sean McColl (CAN). Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA) pipped Jakob into 2nd place with a top of the final route, and Masahiro Higuchi (JPN) earned his first ever IFSC Lead World Cup medal in 3rd place. This was the 2nd victory for Ghisolfi this year, who has improved his ranking to 29 points behind Schubert in the Lead season rankings with only two events remaining.

Men's Podium: Schubert, Ghisolfi, Higuchi., 208 kb
Men's Podium: Schubert, Ghisolfi, Higuchi.
© IFSC/Eddie Fowke

Janja Garnbret (SLO) appeared fatigued throughout the competition in front of a home crowd, qualifying for semis in 4th place and for the finals in 3rd place - atypical results in a season that has largely been dominated by Garnbret. Seasoned multi-time IFSC World Cup Champion Jain Kim was the star of the competition, topping the scoreboard in each round and returning to the top of the podum for the 28th time. Janja Garnbret placed 2nd and Hannah Schubert (AUT) - younger sibling of Jakob Schubert - achieved her first IFSC Lead World Cup medal in 3rd place.

Women's podium: Garnbret, Kim, Schubert., 185 kb
Women's podium: Garnbret, Kim, Schubert.
© IFSC/Eddie Fowke



Forums 4 comments

Well firstly it's easier to get more athletes through on home comp. But also things were very different back then with only a small number of countries competing, or even sport climbing, seriously. Today the pool of...
Back in Leeds 1989 we had 4 male finalists; Jerry Moffat 1st, Simon Nadin 3rd, Mark Leach and Ian Vincent, 6 th and 8th if I can recall correctly, whilst it is fantastic to see a resurgeance of Lead with the excellent...

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