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Sachi Amma wins the IFSC Lead World Cup 2012 title!

Sachi Amma wins the IFSC Lead World Cup 2012 title!
November 19, 2012 -  Five Ten    

In the final competition of the year Mina Markovic (SLO) and Sachi Amma (JPN) clinched their titles as the world‘ best Lead climbers in 2012. Slovenia’s Lead queen fixed her second success in a row with place 1 in Kranj, the men’s stage victory went to Jakob Schubert (AUT), fledgling winner of the Overall World Cup 2012 (Lead, Speed, Boulder).

A long, thrilling, diversified and successful sport climbing year 2012 is now history. With the last competition in Kranj (SLO) from November 17th-18th the last decisions in the IFSC World Cup were made – and that in a quite gripping way! In the women’s Lead calculation local heroine Mina Markovic, winner of the IFSC Lead World Cup 2011, started 33 points ahead of Jain Kim, winner of 2010, in the Kranj competition. As Jain Kim was leading in the semifinal,

Mina Markovic mounted an offensive in the final round and climbed to 37+ -- stage victory for Slovenia’s climbing queen and at the same time the fixation of her titles in the IFSC Lead and Overall (Lead, Speed, Boulder) World Cups 2012! Places two and three in Kranj went to Momoka Oda (JPN) and Maja Vidmar (SLO), sixth-place finisher Johanna Ernst from Austria sealed bronze in the Lead Overall World Cup.

One competition, two winners
In the men‘s Lead calculation it was first and foremost on Ramón Julian Puigblanque from Spain and Japan’s Sachi Amma fighting for first place. After quite some changes at the head Spain’s world champion from 2011 reconquered his leading position ahead of the season final in Kranj. But it wasn’t Julian Puigblanque’s day: After two tops in the qualification and place 1 in the semifinal the Spaniard dropped to seventh in the final, so Japan’s Sachi Amma
celebrated his first victory in the Lead Overall World Cup with place two in Kranj! Reigning world champion Jakob Schubert fixed his title in the IFSC Overall World Cup (Lead, Speed, Boulder) in front of Canada’s Sean McColl with his first Lead win of the season in Kranj. Place three in Slovenia went to Magnus Mitboe from Norway.

Austria wins National Team Ranking Lead
After already winning the National Team Ranking Boulder in 2012 OeWK (Austrian Federation for Competition Climbing) is also winner of this years National Team Ranking Lead. Second Place went to France (FFME), third Place to Japan (JMA). The world climbing elite is now going into recess for the winter – and we’re already looking forward to a new, thrilling season starting in 2013!

Start of next year´s season will be on 22nd/23th of March in Chongqing (CHN) with an IFSC Climbing Worldcup (Boulder, Speed). 


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Photo credit: Austria Climbing Federation – OeWK, Heiko Wilhelm

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