The European Youth Championships wrapped up last weekend in Saint-Etienne, France, and the final podium in Youth A Combined was decided.
France’s own Sam Avezou, crowned Combined youth world champion in Innsbruck in September, continued to perform well across the three sport climbing disciplines. In the finals he edged Pietro Biagini (ITA) - the only male athlete to not fall on the Lead routes - by scoring the best time on the Speed wall and executing under pressure on the Lead route to match Biagini's top. Nathan Martin, Avezou's teammate, finished in third place.
Giorgia Tesio of Italy overcame higher times on the Speed wall by dominating in Bouldering and Lead. First in both disciplines after qualifications on Saturday, she continued the strong form the following day by completing three problems in finals and falling just short of the top on the Lead route. Nolwenn Arc (FRA) - the only female athlete to not fall on the Lead routes - placed third and Hannah Meul (GER) maintained consistency across the three disciplines in finals for second place.