The IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup Innsbruck 2022 concluded under stormy skies this evening at Innsbruck’s Kletterzentrum, where despite the poor weather, 14 sport classes competed in finals. Japan, Austria, France, and Great Britain saw the greatest success in Innsbruck, each obtaining more than one gold medal.
GOLD-SILVER COMBO FOR JAPAN IN MEN’S B2
In the men’s B2 sport class, Aita Sho and Hamanoue Fumiya of Japan placed first and second, with four-time World Champion Sho securing a triumphant top, and his compatriot achieving a score of 53. Completing the podium with 52+ was Spain’s Francisco Javier Aguilar Amodeo.
TRIPLE-WHAMMY FOR AUSTRIA IN MEN’S AL1
Competing on home turf, the men’s AL1 final saw three Austrian athletes take to the podium in Innsbruck. Two-time World Champion Angelino Zeller ranked first with a score of 42, winning his second gold medal of the season – his fourth to date. His teammates Markus Pösendorfer and Daniel Kontsch ranked second and third, with respective scores of 36+ and 25.
GOLD-SILVER WIN FOR SPAIN IN MEN’S AL2
In a tight-knit finish, Spain’s Albert Guardia Ferrer and Urko Carmona Barandiaran placed first and second, respectively, in tonight’s AL2 men’s sport class, scoring 36+ and 36. Straight from a win in Salt Lake City, Guardia Ferrer earned his second gold IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medal this evening, with his full collection of Paraclimbing World Cup medals totalling six.
The Spaniard has also won three Paraclimbing World Championship medals throughout his career. In third place was Norway’s Sebastian Menze, with 35+.
ONUMA ON TOP IN MEN’S AU1
Onuma Kazuhiko, of Japan, placed first in the men’s AU1 sport class. Scoring 26+, the Japanese athlete took home his first ever IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medal. In second place was Mario Persing of Germany, with 22+, while Spain’s Eloi Vila Cullerés came third with 21.
GOLD FOR GERMANY IN MEN’S AU2
Kevin Bartke, of Germany, took the win in the men’s AU2 sport class. Scoring 52+, two-time Paraclimbing World Championship medallist Bartke bagged his sixth Paraclimbing World Cup medal to date. The USA’s Brian Zarzuela ranked second with 47, and Norway’s Isak Ripman placed third with a score of 46+.
GERMANY GRABS GOLD-SILVER FINISH IN MEN’S RP1
In a neck-and-neck finish, Germany’s Korbinian Franck and Florian Singer placed first and second, respectively scoring 43+ and 43.
No stranger to the podium, first place finisher Franck now has seven IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medals to his name, in addition to four Paraclimbing World Championship medals. Completing the men’s RP1 podium was Okada Takuya of Japan, with a score of 31.
MAYFORTH BAGS THE WIN IN MEN’S RP2
After securing a top, the USA’s Benjamin Mayforth won his first Paraclimbing World Cup gold tonight in Innsbruck – the first Paraclimbing World Cup medal of his career, despite having won silver medals at the 2019 and 2021 IFSC Paraclimbing World Championships.
Also achieving a top was Spain’s Iván Muñoz Escolar, who ranked second due to placing lower than Mayforth in the qualification round. Completing the podium was Mor Michael Sapir of Israel, with a score of 52+.
FIRST PLACE FOR ITALY IN MEN’S RP3
With a score of 48+, Italy’s Alessandro Neri won his second Paraclimbing World Cup gold medal to date in the men’s RP3 sport class. Takano Tadashi of Japan took silver with 47, while Jamie Barendrecht, of the Netherlands, took bronze with 43+.
GREAT BRITAIN SEES GOLD IN WOMEN’S B3
Claiming the gold medal in the women’s B3 sport class was Abigail Robinson of Great Britain, who, as triple World Champion, was the only athlete to secure a top. Japan’s Ejiri Yumi ranked second with 47+, followed closely by Austria’s Edith Scheinecker in third, scoring 46+ on home soil.
WIN FOR JARRIGE IN WOMEN’S AL2
With a top in tonight’s final, four-time World Champion Lucie Jarrige, of France, placed first. As such, Jarrige earned the seventh IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medal of her career so far. Australia’s Sarah Larcombe placed second with 37, with the USA’s Hannah McFadden placing third with 36.
PIRET PLACES FIRST IN WOMEN’S AU2
With a top, three-time Paraclimbing World Champion Solenne Piret, of France, earned the win tonight and thus, the fifth Paraclimbing World Cup medal of her career. Lucia Capovilla, of Italy, placed second with 34+, while Denmark’s Monica Raavig placed third in her debut Paraclimbing World Cup, scoring 26+.
PLANK PLACES FIRST IN WOMEN’S RP1
Fresh from the podium of the IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup Salt Lake City 2022, Austria’s Jasmin Plank came to win on home soil, topping the final route and earning her sixth Paraclimbing World Cup medal – her third gold. Melissa Ruiz of the USA scored 42 and Spain’s Marta Peche Salinero scored 41+, ranking second and third, respectively.
EIVIK EARNS FIRST PLACE IN WOMEN’S RP2
Norway’s Dina Eivik came out on top in the women’s RP2 sport class with a score of 37+. As such, Eivik earned the first IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medal of her career, and a gold one at that. With 15+ Germany’s Nicole Diehl placed second, followed by Aurora Alberto of Italy in third, with a score of 12.
GOLD FOR GREAT BRITAIN IN WOMEN’S RP3
Two-time World Championship medallist Leonora Volpe, of Great Britain, secured her first IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup medal tonight in Innsbruck, taking a well-deserved win with a top. Germany’s Rosalie Schaupert concluded the competition with 49+ in second place, with Brazil’s Marina Dias taking bronze with 47+.
Japan: 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze.
Austria: 2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze.
France: 2 gold.
Great Britain: 2 gold.
Germany: 1 gold, 5 silver.
Spain: 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze.
USA: 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze.
Italy: 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze.
Norway: 1 gold, 2 bronze.
Australia: 1 silver.
Brazil: 1 bronze.
Denmark: 1 bronze.
Israel: 1 bronze.
Netherlands: 1 bronze.
The third and final Paraclimbing World Cup of the 2022 season will take place in Villars, Switzerland, from 8 to 9 July. Prior to this, a Paraclimbing Master will be held in Imst, Austria, from 2 to 3 July.