After inspiring fans of IFSC World Championships Paris last year with unparalleled perseverance, the best paraclimbing athletes in the world have continued to impress this year. The massive Edinburgh International Climbing Arena was sold out on the weekend, welcoming hundreds of fans to the second Paraclimbing Cup and fifth IFSC World Cup in Lead and Speed of 2017.
Qualifications took place on Friday, and the gold medals were decided in finals the following day. France’s Mathieu Besnard, winner of the first Paraclimbing Cup this season in Briançon, and world champions Elodie Orbaen of Belgium and Maureen Beck of the United States continued their winning ways in the RP categories (limited range, power or stability). Mor Michael Sapir and world champion Nive Porat also competed in the RP categories and earned two hard-fought gold medals for Israel.
In the visual impairment categories, both Tanja Glusic of Slovenia and Italian Matteo Stefani impressed the audience in Edinburgh. Respectfully quiet while the sight guides on the ground communicated with the athletes, the crowd erupted with applause when Glusic and Stefani marched past the previous high points. Briançon winner Kevin Bartke of Germany was the only forearm amputee to top every route, and Julien Gasc of France bested a strong field in the leg amputee category.
Saturday 23rd September
09:00-15:00 Paraclimbing Qualifications
Sunday 24th September
13:30-14:30 Paraclimbing Finals
17:30-18:30 Awarding Ceremony