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Rising stars take gold in Lead Youth and Junior World Championships in Arco on September 4-5, 2015

The IFSC Lead World Youth Championship has just ended here in Arco, and with Youth A, Youth B, and Juniors competing, the event was full of promising performances from sport climbing’s rising stars!

Ashima Shiraishi (USA) and Janja Garnbret (SLO) dominated the Female Youth B and Female Youth A categories respectively. Although they were not competing in the same category, they both managed to top the same final route and secure gold with a comfortable margin. In the Junior category, all-time favourite Anak Verhoeven (BEL) took gold with 50+, ahead of Jessica Pilz (AUT), who fell one move below, and Julia Chanourdie (FRA), who completes the podium with a score of 47+.

In the men’s Youth event, Sam Avezou (FRA) won the Male Youth B competition, while Sascha Lehmann (SUI) took gold in the Male Youth A World Championship. In the Junior category, both Bernhard Rock (AUT) and Jesse Grupper (USA) managed to top the final route, and Bernhard Rock won thanks to his result in the semi-final. Keiichiro Korenaga (JPN) completes the podium with a score of 53+.

All results, replays and pictures of the competition are available on the dedicated event page. The IFSC World Youth Championships overall ranking is available here. 

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