The fourth IFSC Lead World Cup of the 2021 season closed last night at the Parc Des Sports in Briançon, France, with Stefano Ghisolfi’s and Eliska Adamovska wining the gold medals.
The 28-year-old Ghisolfi won the sixth World Cup gold medal of his fantastic career, finally jumping back on the highest step of the podium, almost three years after his last victory in September 2018 in Kranj, Slovenia.
After placing first in yesterday’s semi-final, Ghisolfi was the last climber to enter the stage and face the final route, scoring 42+ and finishing ahead of Dmitrii Fakirianov of Russia and Martin Stranik of the Czech Republic, respectively second with 39+, and third with 37+.
In the women’s closing event of the night, first-time final participant Eliska Adamovska of the Czech Republic upset the leader of this year’s Boulder and Lead world rankings – United States’ Natalia Grossman – falling after securing hold number 36 and finding a well-deserved pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Grossman, with 35+, eventually won silver, while Slovenia’s Vita Lukan completed the podium in third position, with 29.
The 2021 IFSC World Cup Series will resume in September, when the IFSC Lead World Cup takes place in Kranj, Slovenia.