Wash-out in Wujiang
- Sunday 9th August 2020 at 3.16pm
Oct 23rd; 2018
The penultimate IFSC World Cup Lead competition last weekend in Wujiang, China was quite literally a wash-out. Heavy rain wet the holds on the headwall of the final routes to such a degree that the IFSC were forced to cancel the final round of the competition and to use the results from the semi-final round to decide the event winners!
As many of the climbers said it was an unfortunate way to end the competition but by the time that Janja Garnbret came out to climb the final route the final holds were actually wet and she was being rained on! Justifiably she appealed and the IFSC were forced to abandon the whole women’s final. Under the circumstances the men’s final round never even started.
Based on the countback to the semi-finals, both Janja Garnbret and Jain Kim were tied as both had topped both the qualification routes and hit the same hold in the semi-final. Jessica Pilz finished in third place.
The 2017 Lead champion, Romain Desgranges, had climbed really well in the men’s semi-final – a result which ultimately gave him the gold at Wujiang – the first of the season for him. Jakob Schubert finished in second place with Hyunbin Min in third.
The final lead competition for 2018, Xiamen, is scheduled for this coming weekend.
Watch the highlights from Wujiang below.