The 2014 IFSC World Youth Championships took place this September 19-23 in Noumea, New Caledonia. With Youth A, Youth B, and Juniors competing, the event was full of promising performances by sport climbing’s rising stars!
New countries show promise
The 2014 IFSC World Youth Championships in Noumea were the occasion not only for many up-and-coming climbers to make their mark on the world stage, but also for new countries to emerge as climbing powerhouses. Notably, Ecuador brought home two medals in Speed, Sweden snagged two medals in Lead, and the USA had at least one finalist in 9 of 12 categories, even pulling off a gold and silver podium finish in Youth B Men Lead.
Tough routes send results to countback in Lead
In Lead, Japan’s Aya Onoe took home gold for the Juniors, narrowly besting Austria’s Jessica Pilz who placed second, and Julia Chanourdie of France, who took the bronze. For the Men, Bernhard Röck followed in his sister Magdalena’s footprints and took home gold for Austria, followed by Belgium’s Loïc Timmermans and Slovenia’s Martin Bergant.
Youth A saw another Austrian sibling shine, with Hannah Schubert taking gold, followed by Alina Ring (SUI) and Kajsa Rosen (SWE) in the women’s category. For men, Sweden’s Hannes Puman edged out Jan-Luca Posch of Austria for gold, thanks to a better result in the second qualification route. Georg Parma (AUT) also tied the first two for the best score, but his semi-final result put him in third place.
Finally, for Youth B, Slovenia’s Janja Gabret showed great talent by topping the final route to win her gold, followed by Italy’s Asja Golla and Russia’s Viktoria Meshkova. For men, USA’s Kai Lightner topped the route and grabbed gold, sharing the podium with compatriot Rudolph Ruana in second and Korea’s Minyoung Lee in third.
Full Speed ahead!
The Juniors Speed podiums came from a large variety of countries, and not only the habitual Speed heavyweights. For women, Russia’s Svetlana Motovilova took gold, followed by Ecuador’s Adnrea Rojas and Austria’s Alexxandra Elmer. For men, Jan Kriz of the Czech Republic took gold with a decisive lead over Sergei Lezhetskii of Russia who took second. Italy’s Alessandro Santoni took bronze.
In Youth A, Russia took all six podium spots. Daria Kan, Anastasiia Klochkova, and Anastasia Manuylova brought home the gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively, and for men, Aleksandr Shikov, Lev Rudatskiy, and Vladislav Myzinkov mounted the podium in that order.
New countries elbowed their way into the Youth B podium, as well, with Carlos Granja from Ecuador winning the men’s competition, followed by Petr Zemliakov of Russia and Italy’s Gian Luca Zodda. For women, Ekaterina Barashchuk of Russa tool gold, and her compatriot Elena Krasovskaia took bronze, but the American Sidney Trinidad managed to climb her way into a silver medal.
These results are promising for the development of Speed climbing facilities and its popularity in a wider range of countries.