GREAT BRITAIN, BELGIUM, AND FRANCE CLAIM WOMEN’S PARACLIMBING WORLD TITLES IN MOSCOW
The final act of the 2021 IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships went down at the Irina Viner-Usmanova Palace in Moscow, Russia, where 11 World Champion titles have been awarded in an emotional night.
Four women’s events were contested, with two trophies going to France, and Great Britain and Belgium securing one apiece.
In the opening women’s B2 event, Great Britain’s 23-year-old Abigail Robinson added the third, consecutive gold medal to her collection, prevailing over Austria’s Edith Scheinecker and Italy’s Nadia Bredice, who respectively placed second and third. The last climber to approach the route, Robinson was the only one able to secure the top hold, with Scheinecker closing with the score of 40+, and Bredice with 35.
For the full women’s B2 Paraclimbing final results click here.
VANDENHOVEN KEEPS HER 2021 WINNING STREAK ALIVE
Belgian rising star Pavitra Vandenhoven (22) put up another spectacular performance, pocketing her first ever World Championships gold medal in the women’s RP1 Paraclimbing event.
Vandenhoven – gold medalist at this year’s Paraclimbing World Cup in Innsbruck, Austria, and Briançon, France – secured hold number 37+, slightly ahead of the Netherlands’ Eva Mol, who won silver with 34+. The podium was completed by Spain’s Marta Peche Salinero, bronze medal winner with the score of 13+.
For the full women’s RP1 Paraclimbing final results click here.
TRIPLE CROWN FOR SOLENNE PIRET
France’s multi-decorated climber Solenne Piret (23) brought another trophy to her showcase, ruling the women’s RP2 Paraclimbing final and jumping on the first step of the podium for the fourth time in the last four years. Indeed, Piret had won gold at the two latest Paraclimbing World Championships – Innsbruck 2018 and Briançon 2019 – to which, in 2021, she added two World Cup gold medals.
Great Britain’s Leanora Volpe followed in second position with 39, while Italy’s Lucia Capovilla struggled midway through the route and took third place with 21.
For the full women’s RP2 Paraclimbing final results click here.
LUCIE JARRIGE POCKETS FRANCE’S FOURTH TITLE OF THE NIGHT
The conclusive women’s RP3 event, once again, finished with the French tricolour waving from the highest flagpole, thanks to Lucie Jarrige’s fourth World Championship victory. The 30-year-old athlete climbed all the way up to the top hold, preceding Great Britain’s Martha Evans – second with the score of 33+ – and Austria’s Katharina Ritt – third with 29+.
For the full women’s RP3 Paraclimbing final results click here.
The 2021 Paraclimbing season will close in Los Angeles, USA, where the third World Cup of the season is scheduled to take place on 9 and 10 October. News and updates will be available on the IFSC website and on the Federation’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Lucie Jarrige was one of the four French athletes to win a Paraclimbing gold medal at Moscow 2021
Photo: Dimitris Tosidis/IFSC