OLYMPIANS JANJA GARNBRET AND ALBERTO GINES LOPEZ TAKE LEAD SEMI-FINALS TOP RANKINGS IN VILLARS
Just as the rain started pouring on the field of play, Slovenian star Janja Garnbret signed the first and only top of the Lead semi-finals, at the IFSC World Cup in Villars, Switzerland.
The 16-time Lead World Cup gold medalist clipped in with less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock, securing the first place, and setting the stage for another duel with Italy’s Laura Rogora – also an Olympian – who finished second at 45+.
Three more Slovenian climbers qualified for tonight’s women’s final: Lucka Rakovec took third place with 40+; Vita Lukan finished sixth with 35+; while Mia Krampl closed the round in seventh place with 35.
Bulgaria’s 16-year-old Aleksandra Totkova – Lead bronze medalist at the IFSC Youth World Championships Arco 2019 in the Youth B category, and participating in her second World Cup competition ever – also qualified for the final, placing fourth with 36+.
The eight competitors battling tonight for a spot on the podium are:
- Janja Garnbret (SLO)
- Laura Rogora (ITA)
- Lucka Rakovec (SLO)
- Aleksandra Totkova (BUL)
- Momoko Abe (JPN)
- Vita Lukan (SLO)
- Mia Krampl (SLO)
- Natalia Grossman (USA)
The women’s Lead semi-final full results are available here.
In the men’s semi-final, top-seeded Stefano Ghisolfi of Italy failed to break into the top-8, falling early and finishing with 35+ and taking 11th place. The top position went to Spain’s Alberto Gines Lopez, first with 40+, followed by United States’ Sean Bailey – Boulder gold medalist at the IFSC World Cup in Salt Lake City, USA – second with 40.
German climbers Alexander Megos and Sebastian Halenke respectively concluded third and fourth position, both at 37+ – with Halenke being tied with Japan’s Masahiro Higuchi.
Tonight’s final will also see the participation of three first-time World Cup finalists: Japanese 17-year-old Zento Murashita, making his international debut in Villars; United States’ Olympian Colin Duffy; and France’s Paul Jenft, whose previous best World Cup placement in the Lead discipline is a 10th position obtained in Briançon, France, in 2020.
The eight athletes qualified for tonight’s final round are:
- Alberto Gines Lopez (ESP)
- Sean Bailey (USA)
- Alexander Megos (GER)
- Masahiro Higuchi (JPN)
- Sebastian Halenke (GER)
- Zento Murashita (JPN)
- Colin Duffy (USA)
- Paul Jenft (FRA)
The men’s Lead semi-final full results are available here.
The IFSC Lead and Speed World Cup in Villars will conclude tonight with the men’s and women’s Lead finals, scheduled to start at 8:00 PM (UTC+2:00) and streamed live on the IFSC YouTube channel.
Current Lead World Champion Janja Garnbret of Slovenia competing the women's Lead semi-final in Villars
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC