The 3rd Paraclimbing Cup of 2017 took place last weekend in Sheffield, England, and 47 elite athletes representing 14 nations competed across 9 categories.
In RP3, Mathieu Besnard of France remained undefeated this season, having won the previous Paraclimbing Cup events in Edinburgh and Briançon. After winning two medals in Edinburgh, Israel continued to impress in the RP categories (limited range, power or stability) as well. Mor Michael Sapir repeated in RP1 and Nimrod Mugzach upgraded his two medals in RP2 this year to gold, the first of his career.
Leg amputee Iván Germán Pascual of Spain also won his first Paraclimbing Cup in Sheffield, besting Edinburgh winner Julien Gasc on countback to qualifications. Visually impaired athlete Simone Salvagnin brought home a gold medal to Italy, and forearm amputee Matthew Phillips of Great Britain pleased the home crowd with two tops and the high point in finals to match his gold medal in Sheffield last year.
For the women, Phillip’s teammate Hannah Baldwin and world champion Lucie Jarrige of France also repeated their victories in Sheffield, excelling in finals of RP2 and RP3. After impressing the crowd in Edinburgh with a towering high point in finals, it was a close competition last weekend for visually impaired athlete Tanja Glusic of Slovenia. She came away with a hard-fought gold medal, with strong climbing from Briançon winner Roxane Heili and Sabine Ladel of France as well.