A THIRD GOLD FOR SANDERS ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE 2021 IFSC YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2021 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Youth World Championships concluded today, with Youth B athletes taking to the walls for Speed qualifications and finals. Following the women’s event, the USA’s Anastasia Sanders (14) was awarded a combined gold medal – the third gold of the 2021 championships in her debut international competition.

In the Youth B women’s Speed final, Daria Marciniak (15) of Poland took the gold medal against Italy’s Francesca Matuella (15) with a time of 8.43 seconds. Matuella finished in second place after stopping the clock at 10.04 seconds in the final race. Gold medallist Marciniak has made the podium of three IFSC European youth cups between 2020 and 2021, with this being her first international medal win. A silver medal marks the sixth Sport Climbing podium for Matuella, with five European competition medals under her belt. Battling for the final podium position, Julie Fritsche (14) of Germany triumphed over Russia’s Polina Fedorova (14), winning the bronze medal with 9.54 seconds. Fritsche’s medal count now stands at five, having also won four European youth medals in Speed so far this year.

Left to right: Francesca Matuella (ITA), Daria Marciniak (POL), and Julie Fritsche (GER) on the 2021 IFSC Youth B women's Speed championship podium
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC

The USA’s Anastasia Sanders placed first in the Youth B women’s combined ranking, earning her third gold medal of the championships after taking the win in both Lead and Boulder – a glittering start to the young athlete’s Sport Climbing career. In second place was Anastasia Kobets (15) of Ukraine, and in third was Sina Willy (14) of Austria, who won a silver medal in Boulder behind Sanders.

Left to right: Anastasia Kobets (UKR), Anastasia Sanders (USA), and Sina Willy (AUT) on the 2021 IFSC Youth B women's combined podium
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC

On home soil, Russia’s Kirill Koldomov (15) placed first in the Youth B men’s Speed final, hitting the finish pad at 7.06 seconds. This is the second Speed medal for the Russian, who also took gold in the IFSC European Youth Championships in Perm, Russia, this May. Racing against Koldomov in the final race, the USA’s Samuel Watson (15) fell and therefore settled for a silver medal – the first of his career in his debut international competition. Koldomov’s teammate Vladislav Ivanov (15) fell in the small final race against Japan’s Yusuke Sugimoto (15), leaving the Japanese athlete in third place with a time of 7.98 seconds. Sugimoto took the bronze medal in another international debut, whilst Ivanov placed fourth.

Left to right: Samuel Watson (USA), Kirill Koldomov (RUS), and Yusuke Sugimoto (JPN) on the 2021 IFSC Youth B men's Speed championship podium
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC

In the Youth B men’s combined ranking, Team USA won another gold medal with Dillon Countryman (15), who also won bronze in the Youth B men’s Lead competition. In second place was gold medallist of Youth B Boulder, Nikolay Rusev (15). This takes Rusev’s medal count to eight, having won six IFSC European youth medals so far this year in addition to two at the Youth World Championships. Austria’s Timo Uznik (15) won the bronze medal, also having two European youth medals to his name.

Left to right: Nikolay Rusev (BUL), Dillon Countryman (USA), and Timo Uznik (AUT) on the 2021 IFSC Youth B men's combined podium
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC

Click here for the full Youth B women’s Speed championship results.

Click here for the full Youth B women’s combined results.

Click here for the full Youth B men’s Speed championship results.

Click here for the full Youth B men’s combined results.

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