VICTORY FOR AUSTRIA, FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN, ISRAEL, AND JAPAN IN MEN’S PARACLIMBING FINALS
Seven men’s Paraclimbing finals took place this evening in the 2021 edition of the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships, with Team France and Team Japan each taking two gold medals, and further first places being awarded to Austria, Great Britain, and Israel.
SHO SHINES WITH FIFTH GOLD MEDAL
As the only athlete to achieve a top, Japan’s Aita Sho (25) stole the show in the men’s B1 Paraclimbing final. Sho therefore added a fifth gold medal to his collection, winning 100% of the international Paraclimbing competitions he has competed in.
Romania’s Razvan Nedu took the silver medal with a score of 35+, with Great Britain’s Jesse Dufton completing the podium in third place after reaching hold 23.
For the full men’s B1 Paraclimbing final results click here.
HAMANOUE BAGS GOLD IN MEN’S B2
In the men’s B2 Paraclimbing final, 31-year-old Fumiya Hamanoue of Japan took the top spot on the podium with a score of 40+, upgrading his bronze medal from the 2018 World Championships to a glittering gold in Moscow.
Great Britain’s Richard Slocock took silver, followed by Spain’s Raul Simon Franco who finished in third place. The pair both closed the competition with 38+, though Slocock placed above Simon Franco due to ranking first in the qualification round.
For the full men’s B2 Paraclimbing final results click here.
SECOND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FOR ZELLER
Austria’s Angelino Zeller (25) fought to retain his title of World Champion in the men’s RP1 Paraclimbing final, taking the win with 39+. Zeller ranked first in the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships Briançon 2019, and has had a successful year so far after placing on the podium at the 2021 world cups in Briançon and Innsbruck. The USA’s Tanner Cislaw finished in second place with a score of 26+, whilst Germany’s Korbinian Franck placed third with 18+.
For the full men’s RP1 Paraclimbing final results click here.
MORE MEDALS FOR MOR MICHAEL SAPIR
Mor Michael Sapir (30) of Israel added a fourth gold medal to his trophy cabinet in the men’s RP2 Paraclimbing final. Having topped the final route, Sapir secured his eighth international podium position since 2016 – his second World Championship podium after taking silver in 2019.
With a score of 45, the USA’s Benjamin Mayforth took the silver medal, and France’s Bastien Thomas ranked third with 39+.
For the full men’s RP2 Paraclimbing final results click here.
FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WORLD CHAMP WIN FOR FRANCE’S ROMAIN PAGNOUX
France’s Romain Pagnoux (34) and Mathieu Besnard (35) each obtained a score of 27+ in the men’s RP3 Paraclimbing final. As the pair tied in the qualification round, their ranking was finalised based on their time to complete the final route. Ultimately, it was Pagnoux that took the victory, securing the World Championship title he has held since 2016. Besnard closed in second place, climbing atop the podium for the eighteenth time in his career. Iran’s Iman Edrisi, who tied with the gold and silver medallists in the qualification round, placed third with a score of 23+.
For the full men’s RP3 Paraclimbing final results click here.
THIERRY DELARUE TRIUMPHANT IN MEN’S AL2
In the men’s AL2 Paraclimbing final, France’s Thierry Delarue (43) triumphed with a score of 23+. Delarue thus maintained his World Championship title, having also placed first during the 2018 and 2019 IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships.
Belgium’s Frederik Leys placed second with a score of 16+, matched by Japan’s Shuhei Yukei, who ranked third due to a lower score than Leys in the qualification round.
For the full men’s AL2 Paraclimbing final results click here.
TOP OF THE PODIUM FOR PHILLIPS
With a score of 44+, Great Britain’s Matthew Phillips (20) was victorious in the men’s AU2 Paraclimbing final. A gold medal in Moscow seals the third World Championship title for Phillips, who has earned a podium position in all eight of the international Paraclimbing competitions he has participated in.
Brian Zarzuela of the USA achieved second place with 35+, followed closely by Germany’s Kevin Bartke with a score of 35.
For the full men’s AU2 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.
Japan's Aita Sho earned his fifth gold medal at the IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships Moscow 2021
Photo: Dimitris Tosidis/IFSC