Slovenians Janja Garnbret and Luka Potocar world champions in climbing difficulty

The Slovenian Janja Garnbret won this Monday in Jakarta (Indonesia) the last round of the World Cup of the season, and won her fifth world title. Among the men, the Japanese Ao Yurikusa won the stage and the Slovenian Luka Potocar is world champion.

Therefore, Janja Garnbret will have missed only two small stages this season in the difficulty World Cup. Winner in Jakarta (Indonesia) this Monday, the Slovenian officially won the title of world champion in the category, which she had already secured before this final test.

Among the men, the Japanese Ao Yurikusa validated his first victory in the World Cup. But the world champion is also Slovenian. Luka Potocar, winner this season of a stage at his home in Slovenia, in Koper, won his first world title at the age of 20.

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The queen of climbing Janja Garnbret thus obtains a fifth title of world champion in difficulty (after 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021). She is ending a near-perfect World Cup season in style, with five gold and two silver medals in seven events.

Only the return of the Japanese Ai Mori, victorious in the two stages in which she participated this season, will have managed to unsettle the Olympic champion in the combined of the Tokyo Olympics. But the Japanese was not at the beginning of this Indonesian round.

At 23 years old, Janja Garnbret consolidates an already dizzying list of achievements: three European titles, six world titles, an Olympic gold medal, 10 overall World Cup wins and 37 World Cup wins, a record she still follows keeping to improve.

For the first time, the International Federation had decided to establish a section of the wall common to men and women

Seo Chae-hyun, second in the Indonesian stage, is also second overall in difficulty. The South Korean, first in this ranking in 2019, has once again shown great consistency this season, at just 18 years old. The Italian Laura Rogora completes the podium for this 2022 season. In the men’s category, behind the champion Luka Potocar, the Japanese Taisei Homma occupies second place, and the American Jesse Grupper, winner of two stages this year, occupies the third position.

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For the first time in the World Cup, the International Federation (IFSC) had decided in Indonesia to establish a common wall section for men and women. In the part located at the top of the route, about fifteen dams will be the same for the two finals. Therefore, the beginning of the routes had been adapted to be a bit more intense for the men in particular.

Unfortunately, no climbers made it to this section of the trail. ” I think it’s interesting on the part of the organization to imagine a section that is difficult for both men and women. Janja Garnbret commented to the microphone of the organization at the end of the act. The Slovenian is therefore the only one to have reached the top of this wall on Monday. At the heights of world climbing.

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