TEAM JAPAN RULES LEAD QUALIFICATIONS IN KOPER
The fifth Lead event of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2022 saw the city of Koper, Slovenia, make its debut on the international circuit, as the athletes faced the four qualification routes set on the brand-new wall of Plus Climbing Koper.
Yurikusa Ao of the Japan placed at the top of the ranking in the men’s round, scoring a top on route number 1 and 33+ on route number 2. Switzerland’s Sascha Lehmann and Spain’s Alberto Ginés López followed in second and third position, respectively.
With USA’s Colin Duffy, and Czech Republic’s Adam Ondra not competing, and Duffy’s teammate Jesse Grupper finishing in 32nd place, the only athlete with a chance of winning his second Lead gold medal of the season is Homma Taisei of Japan – fifth in the qualification ranking.
For the men’s Lead qualification full results click here.
Mori Ai, also representing Japan, finished in first place at the end of the women’s Lead event, being the only climber with a top on route number 1, and finishing with the second-best score on route number 2.
Home favourite Janja Garnbret – winner of the four previous Lead World Cup events in 2022, in Innsbruck Austria; Villars, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; and Briançon, France – took second place. The Slovenian superstar scored 34 on route number 1 and secured the top hold on route number 2.
Also representing the home team in the women’s Lead semi-final are Mia Krampl, Lucka Rakovec, Vita Lukan, Rebeka Kamin, Katja Debevec, and Lana Skusek.
For the women’s Lead qualification full results click here.
Lead semi-finals are scheduled to take place tonight, starting at 8:00 PM (UTC+2:00).