The final IFSC World Cup of the season had only one title on the line, the Men’s Speed class and France’s Bassa Mawem literally rose to the occasion.
He reached the final of the World Cup in Xiamen (CHN) and his victory over Aspar Jaelolo (INA) was enough to give him the seasonal title as leader Danyil Boldyrev (UKR) was eliminated in the Round of 16. But Boldyrev and Dmitrii Timofeev (RUS) finished 2-3 on the season.
In the other events in Xiamen, the men’s Lead season title was already decided for Austria’s Jakob Schubert and Italy’s Stefano Ghisolfi was set for silver. But Slovenia’s Domen Skofic was able to win and with Romain Desgranges (FRA) ending up in sixth, the two tied for the seasonal bronze!
The women’s Lead event was already settled, with Slovenian star Janja Garnbret winning for the third straight year, Jessica Pilz (AUT) second and Jain Kim (KOR) finishing third. Pilz won this time, just ahead of Garnbret, as both made it to the top, but Pilz won on the countback to the semifinal marks. Summaries:
IFSC World Cup
Xiamen (CHN) ~ 27-28 October 2018
(Full results here)
Men/Lead: 1. Domen Skofic (SLO), 45+; 2. Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA), 45+; 3. Hyunbin Min (KOR), 38+; 4. Hidemasa Nishida (JPN), 23; 5. Taisei Homma (JPN), 20+.
Men/Speed/Final: 1. Bassa Mawem (FRA), 5.600; 2. Aspar Jaelolo (INA), 5.620. Third: 3. Reza Alipour (IRI), 7.600; 4. Dmitrii Timofeev (RUS), fell.
Women/Lead: 1. Jessica Pilz (AUT), Top; 2. Janja Garnbret (SLO), Top; 3. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN), 43+; 4. Mia Krampl (SLO), 37+; 5. Mei Kotake (JPN), 36+.
Women/Speed/Final: 1. Aries Susanti Rahayu (INA), 7.530; 2. Iullia Kaplina (RUS), fell; Third: 3. Anouck Jaubert (FRA), 7.940; 4. Elena Rezimova (RUS), 7.990.