IFSC LEAD WORLD CUP SERIES CONTINUES IN CHAMONIX
The alpine resort of Chamonix, France, will welcome the third Lead World Cup of the 2021 Sport Climbing season this week, from 12 to 13 July.
Surrounded by panoramic mountain views with the spectacular Mont Blanc dominating the skyline, Chamonix’s Place du Mont Blanc will host the penultimate World Cup before Sport Climbing’s long-anticipated debut at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next month.
A total of 87 male and 67 female athletes will compete for a podium position and, with none of the 2019 Chamonix World Cup medallists in attendance to defend their titles, there’s all to play for. Could the USA’s Natalia Grossman secure a medal in the women’s event, adding to the five medals the 20-year-old has already won so far this season? Or perhaps Julia Chanourdie of France, as one of only two Olympians competing in the women’s event, could climb atop tomorrow’s podium in her home country. Fellow Olympic athlete Laura Rogora, of Italy, will climb for another medal opportunity, after taking silver in the previous Lead World Cup on the IFSC calendar. In the men’s event, Olympians Alberto Ginés López, of Spain, and Germany’s Jan Hojer, are ones to watch ahead of their Olympic premiere in Tokyo, as is gold medallist of the IFSC World Cup in Villars earlier this month: Sean Bailey of the USA.
The competition kicks off this morning with qualifications, with 26 athletes proceeding to this evening’s women’s semi-final, and a further 26 to the men’s semi-final. Finals are to take place tomorrow night from 8:30 PM (UTC+2:00) and can be watched on YouTube here.
France's Mejdi Schalck competes in qualifications in Chamonix
Photo: Daniel Gajda/IFSC