Bronze for Molly Thompson-Smith in Kranj World Cup

by Natalie Berry - UKC 13/Nov/2017
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20 year old Molly Thompson-Smith won bronze in the final round of the IFSC Lead World Cup in Kranj, Slovenia this weekend. This is the first medal won by a British female competitor in a senior IFSC lead event. Two-time boulder World Cup champion Shauna Coxsey competed in what was her first ever lead World Cup and achieved a respectable 6th place in the event. Shauna also took bronze in the combined ranking for 2017. Jakob Schubert (AUT) and Janja Garnbret (SLO) were the winners of the round.

Women's podium: Kim, Garnbret and Thompson-Smith., 156 kb
Women's podium: Kim, Garnbret and Thompson-Smith.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Speaking to BBC Sport, Molly commented:

"The season's been more than I could ever hope for. We have Shauna doing so well in bouldering and lead has almost been forgotten a little bit - so it's great to finally get a good result for GB in lead and I'm so proud of that.

"A top-10 goal was my aim for the season and maybe reach a final, so to win the medal is incredible."

Molly Thompson-Smith on her way to her first senior World Cup medal., 159 kb
Molly Thompson-Smith on her way to her first senior World Cup medal.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Molly reached four finals this year and placed 7th in the overall rankings. She is also due to compete in the China Open in Guangzhou next weekend. This autumn, 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. Shortly before departing for Slovenia, Molly ticked Mecca - The Mid-life Crisis 8b+ at Raven Tor, her first of the grade.

Shauna's 3rd place in the combined event - thanks to her performance across the 2017 boulder World Cup season and in this latest lead event in Kranj - is the first combined medal won by a British woman.

Women's combined: Kim, Garnbret and Coxsey., 173 kb
Women's combined: Kim, Garnbret and Coxsey.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

Janja Garnbret took gold in the overall lead rankings alongside Romain Desgranges (FRA).

Women Lead - overall

1. Janja Garnbret

2. Jain Kim

3. Anak Verhoeven

Men Lead - overall

1. Romain Desgranges

2. Stefano Ghisolfi

3. Keiichiro Korenaga

Women Combined

1. Janja Garnbret

2. Jain Kim

3. Shauna Coxsey

Men Combined

1. Tomoa Narasaki

2. Jongwon Chon

3. Kokoro Fujii

Jakob Schubert on form in Kranj., 185 kb
Jakob Schubert on form in Kranj.
© Eddie Fowke/IFSC

IFSC Climbing Worldcup (L) - Kranj (SLO) 2017

MENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Jakob Schubert AUT 40 Top
2 Alexander Megos GER 34+ 38+
3 Dmitrii Fakirianov RUS 37+ 36
4 Domen Skofic SLO 34+ 33+
5 Stefano Ghisolfi ITA 39+ 32+
6 Francesco Vettorata ITA 38+ 31+
7 Marcello Bombardi ITA 38+ 31
8 Jan Hojer GER 38 31
9 Romain Desgranges FRA 34+
10 Keiichiro Korenaga JPN 34+
10 Simon Lorenzi BEL 34+
12 Thomas Joannes FRA 34+
13 Yuki Hada JPN 34+
14 Hanwool Kim KOR 34
15 Fedir Samoilov UKR 34
16 Yoshiyuki Ogata JPN 31
17 Kokoro Fujii JPN 29+
18 Christoph Hanke GER 29+
19 Martin Bergant SLO 28
20 Jeremy Bonder FRA 28
33 William Bosi GBR Qual' 21+ 21.
39 James Pope GBR Qual' 21+ 21.
Full results

WOMENs lead

Rank Name Nation Semi's Final
1 Janja Garnbret SLO Top 44+
2 Jain Kim KOR Top 43
3 Molly Thompson- Smith GBR 37+ 33+
4 Julia Chanourdie FRA 35 33+
5 Mina Markovic SLO Top 32+
6 Shauna Coxsey GBR 35 29+
7 Vita Lukan SLO 31 23+
8 Anak Verhoeven BEL Top 23
9 Akiyo Noguchi JPN 30.5+
10 Urska Repusic SLO 30.5+
11 Anne-Sophie Koller SUI 30.5+
12 Mei Kotake JPN 30.5+
13 Risa Ota JPN 30.5+
14 Julia Fiser AUT 30.5+
15 Stasa Gejo SRB 30.5
16 Hannah Schubert AUT 30.5
17 Miho Nonaka JPN 30.5
18 Heloïse Doumont BEL 30.5
19 Mia Krampl SLO 30.5
20 Dinara Fakhritdinova RUS 30.5
36 Hannah Slaney GBR Qual' 13+ 38.
50 Jennifer Wood GBR Qual' 10+ 45.
Full results

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