September 17, 2018
A week of climbing in Innsbruck concluded on Sunday with the first ever world championship for the new combined event, which will be introduced at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a mix of lead, speed and bouldering. The women’s event was won by Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret, who saw off the competition by coming first in both the lead and bouldering rounds, and fifth in speed. The result confirms her status as currently the best sport climber in the world, having taken the gold in the individual bouldering competition earlier in the week, as well as the silver in lead.
Yesterday’s achievement also means that at just 19 years old Garnbret is the only climber in history, male or female, to win world champion titles in three events, having already won the lead title in Paris two years ago.
Second place in combined went to Sa Sol of South Korea, while the bronze was won by Austria’s Jessica Pilz.