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Adam Ondra still leader at the IFSC world championship in Paris


A “grand finale” full of emotions took place this weekend in Paris at the IFSC world championship2016. La Sportiva athletes celebrate the gold medal and title of Lead World Champion of the wizard Adam Ondra. In the same category, silver for Jakob Schubert and for Anak Verhoeven in the female competition, with Mina Markovic third on the podium. Petra KlingLer wins in the women's bouldering final, and Adam Ondra takes the silver in the male round.

It is hard to imagine a better finish to these IFSC World Championships than what took place in the Men Lead Finals last sunday.

After a first high point on the top panel set by the French athlete Romain Desgranges, in front of a seven thousand fans his teammate, Gautier Supper, marched into the last crimp section for Bronze. Supper fell just short of the mark of the 2012 IFSC World Champion Jakob Schubert (AUT), point reached and passed by the final Athlete to step onto the stage today: Adam Ondra.
All eyes were on “the Wizard”, who made quick work of the Finals route. Not only did Ondra surpass Schubert’s impressive high point, the Czech machine stuck the succeeding dyno and clipped the chains for the sole Top and a deserved standing ovation of the whole public of AccorHotels Arena.

Another emotional grand finale was the women's bouldering final, first gold medal contest of the day, won by the Swiss tealent Petra Klingler, on the podium together with the Japaneese duo Miho Nonaka - Akiyo Noguchi.

Nearly every finalist stuck the W1 and five of the six athletes solved even the W3, but only Petra Klingler, Akiyo Noguchi and Megan Mascarenas did so on their first attempts. With many athletes tied at two Tops apiece, the medal distribution came down to W4. The crowd erupted when Klingler powered the concluding jug and she hugged her coach with full eyes, having earned a spot on the podium. That place turned into first place when Noguchi could not Top W4, but the veteran Japanese Athlete’s effort to reach bonus still bumped Mascarenas out of third. Nonaka made it, giving to Japan two medals with her Top on W4.

Saturday, instead, was the time for men’s bouldering and women’s lead finals, when the La Sportiva athletes conqueered two silver and one bronze.

The difficulty level of the bouldering final was obvious from the start as problem one, when the Japaneese athlete Narasaki confirmed his skills of “problem solving” after winning the 2016 bouldering general ranking. The Czech Republic's Adam Ondra which had not participated in a single bouldering competition this season, achieved a successful second place headed the Frenchman Manu Cornu.

Slovenia's Janja Garnbret was victorious in the women's lead climbing competition. Another Slovenian, Mina Markovic, doubled her World Championship medal tally after she won silver two years ago, claiming the bronze medal in Paris, and Belgium's Anak Verhoeven finished in second. South Korea's Jain Kim, the 2014 world champion, was fourth.

But maybe in this IFSC World Championships, the biggest and significat result for the La Sportiva Team came from Matteo Stefani and Pietro Dla Pra, the Italian couple that grabbed the bronze medal in the men’s Paraclimbing Final (B-1) last saturday

It is with the utmost joy that La Sportiva celebrates these great achievements and all the athletes that, competition after competition, make this sport simply amazing. Proud to support you every day.