GROSSMAN, GIBERT LEAD GROUP OF SIX CLIMBERS INTO WOMEN’S BOULDER FINAL
Three Team USA representatives qualified for the women’s Boulder final that will take place tonight at Pioneer Park, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, where the fourth stage of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2023 is currently underway.
Seven-time World Cup gold medallist Natalia Grossman signed the perfect semi-final round, topping all four problems and placing ahead of France’s Fanny Gibert – 30-year-old, and participating in her 50th Boulder World Cup competition.
Gibert took second place with three tops and four zones, the same score of Luo Zhilu of China, who placed third because of a higher number of attempts to top. Team USA’s Anastasia Sanders and Brooke Raboutou followed in fourth and fifth position, with a second French climber – Oriane Bertone – qualified in sixth place.
Out of the six finalists, only Grossman and Raboutou have already won a World Cup gold medal.
The women’s Boulder final will start at 18:00 (UTC-6:00), and be preceded by the women’s Speed qualification – kicking off at 15:45. Both rounds will be live streamed on the IFSC YouTube channel.
News and updates about the event will be available on the IFSC website and on the Federation’s digital channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and exclusively for the Chinese audience, Weibo and Douyin.
Fanny Gibert of France will be aiming for her first-ever World Cup gold at Salt Lake City 2023
Photo: Slobodan Miskovic/IFSC