Tuesday, 10 October 2017 16:53

Besnard Remains Undefeated After Sheffield

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.

Men's AU2 (forearm amputee) podium.
2017 IFSC Paraclimbing Cup Sheffield Matthew Phillips MAU2 Forearm Amputee Podium

2017 IFSC Paraclimbing Cup Sheffield Simone Salvagnin Visually Impaired MB2 PodiumMen's B2 (visually impaired) podium.

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.

Please click here for the complete results and video highlights, and stay tuned for the 4th and final Paraclimbing Cup of 2017 in Bangalore, India, on December 2nd-3rd.

Women's RP2 podium.
2017 IFSC Paraclimbing Cup Sheffield Hannah Baldwin WRP2 Podium

2017 IFSC Paraclimbing Cup Sheffield Lucie Jarrige WRP3 PodiumWomen's RP3 podium.

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