Tension, turnarounds and high-level climbing have been the makings of the IFSC Lead World Cup Briançon 2013 last Saturday: Only in the finals both Jain Kim and Ramon Julian Puigblanque secured their victories in this season’s kick-off competition! Only a few days after the Lead and Speed European Championships in Chamonix the city of Briançon has been the venue of the second highlight competition for all climbing fans in France within a week. And after qualifications everything looked like a Chamonix redux at the outdoor venue of Berwick with fledgling European champions Dinara Fakhritdinova (RUS) and Romain Desranges (FRA) leading the field after the first round. But already in half-finals two other Lead climbing greats got into their strides: Sachi Amma and Mina Markovic, overall winners of the IFSC Lead World Cup 2012, took the lead after the semis – but only for a short time!
The Climbing Championships were held in Chamonix with the Lead and Speed specialists and for the first time ever, the European Paraclimbing championship.
As usual the splendid Mont Blanc backdrop lived up to expectations of this biannual competition and the Lead event was won by Russia’s Dinara Fakhritdinova, junior World Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and now European Champion in her second senior season, in the mens category by 31-year old Romain Desgranges who’s victory gave the home crowd another reason to celebrate its “Fête Nationale”. Silver went to Slovenia’s Mina Markovic and Spain’s Ramon Julian Puigblanque, while bronze went to France’s Hélène Janicot and Holland’s Jorg Verhoeven.