Molly Thompson-Smith 5th in Wujiang World Cup

by Natalie Berry - UKC 10/Oct/2017
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Team GB's Molly Thompson-Smith placed 5th in the latest round of the IFSC Lead World Cup in Wujiang, China – her best result yet in what is proving to be a highly successful season for the 19 year old.

Molly Thompson-Smith (GBR) finished 8th in Arco, 221 kb
Molly Thompson-Smith (GBR) finished 8th in Arco
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Having qualified for her first World Cup final in Arco, Italy a few weeks ago where she placed 8th, Molly proved herself capable of achieving consistently high placings in Wujiang following a 9th place in Edinburgh last month. She told UKC:

'I was really excited to make my second final in China. It was hard to make the first but it's more challenging to be consistent and make another, so I'm pleased I was able to have another good competition! The routes were more old school and powerful which made them enjoyable to climb.'

In a strong line-up of finalists, Molly finished ahead of many well-established names, including Ashima Shiraishi (USA), Jessica Pilz (AUT) and Anak Verhoeven (BEL). Slovenia's unstoppable Janja Garnbret and Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy were the Wujiang winners. Molly is now in Shanghai for a few days before the next World Cup round in Xiamen.

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Molly qualifying in Wujiang, China
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

She added: 'I'd love to have another good weekend of climbing in Xiamen!'

A few weeks ago, Molly announced her selection as a Sky Sports Scholar, which she hopes will assist her in climbing full-time and achieving her goals as she works towards the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In each of the last three rounds of the series, Team GB has been represented in the final by one woman, with Molly qualifying in Arco and Wujiang and 18 year old Hannah Slaney making finals in Edinburgh and placing 7th. Molly is currently ranked 9th in the 2017 series, having missed the first round in Chamonix.

Watch the replay of Molly's final below:

Full results from Wujiang:

IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L,S) - Wujiang (CHN) 2017

MENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 32+ Top
2 Tomoa Narasaki JPN 28 34
3 Hanwool Kim KOR 31+ 30+
4 Domen Skofic SLO 29+ 30+
5 Romain Desgranges FRA 29 30+
6 Jongwon Chon KOR 27+ 30+
7 Yoshiyuki Ogata JPN 25+ 27+
8 Keiichiro Korenaga JPN 27+ 24+
9 Martin Tekles GER 20+
10 Kokoro Fujii JPN 20+
11 HaiBin Qu CHN 15+
12 Elan JonasMcRae CAN 15+
13 Christoph Hanke GER 15
14 Francesco Vettorata ITA 15
15 Jan Hojer GER 13
16 Thomas Joannes FRA 11
17 Marcello Bombardi ITA 10+
18 Max Rudigier AUT 10+
19 Alberto Gotta ITA 10+
19 Hannes Puman SWE 10+
Full results

WOMENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Janja Garnbret SLO Top Top
2 Jain Kim KOR 41+ 45+
3 Julia Chanourdie FRA 35+ 36+
4 Akiyo Noguchi JPN 40+ 33.5+
5 Molly Thompson- Smith GBR 39+ 33.5+
6 Ashima Shiraishi USA 40+ 33+
7 Jessica Pilz AUT 37 31+
8 Anak Verhoeven BEL 43+ 28+
9 Dinara Fakhritdinova RUS 34+
10 Mina Markovic SLO 30
11 Mathilde Becerra FRA 29+
12 Salomé Romain FRA 29+
13 Hannah Schubert AUT 28+
14 Ievgeniia Kazbekova UKR 28+
14 Risa Ota JPN 28+
16 Moe YOSHIMURA JPN 28+
17 Claudia Ghisolfi ITA 28+
18 LaMu RENQING CHN 27+
19 Netta Fredman ISR 25
20 MORIWAKI Honoka JPN 23
Full results

Molly is sponsored by: Berghaus, La Sportiva, Lyon Outdoor and Petzl and is a Sky Sports Scholar.

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