Three IFSC World Cup titles for 2018 were decided in Wujiang (CHN), as the Lead competitions were won by Jakob Schubert (AUT) and Janja Garnbret (SLO) and the women’s Speed title was taken by Anouck Jaubert of France.
The men’s and women’s Lead finals were both canceled because of heavy rain, so the semifinal results had to stand as final. France’s Romain Desgranges won the event, but with a second-place finish, Schubert managed to get enough separation from Italy’s Stefano Ghisolfi in fifth to clinch the title. It’s the third seasonal World Cup title, previously in 2011 and 2014, and he’s won a seasonal medal in the World Cup in seven of last eight years!
Garnbret, still 19, won her third straight World Cup title and won her fourth event this season, ahead of three-time World Cup winner Jain Kim of Korea. Garnbret is the favorite for the Olympic title in 2020 and showed once again her leadership in her best event.
In women’s Speed, Jaubert finished second to Indonesia’s Aries Susanti Rahayu in Wujiang, and those points managed to give her the seasonal title. She won three of the first six events this season and now has won a seasonal medal for the fifth straight season!
The men’s Speed event is not decided and will be determined in the final event of the season, next week in Xiamen (CHN).
Summaries from Wujiang:
IFSC World Cup
Wujiang (CHN) ~ 20-21 October 2018
(Full results here)
Men/Lead: 1. Romain Desgranges (FRA), 35+; 2. Jakob Schubert (AUT), 32; 3. Hyunbin Min (KOR), 32; 4. Hidemasa Nishida (JPN), 31+; 5. Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA), 28+.
Men/Speed ~ Final: 1. Aspar Jaelolo (INA), 5.810; 2. Ludovico Fossali (ITA), 5.940. Third: 3. Reza Alipour (IRI), 5.960; 4. Aleksandr Shilov (RUS), 5.990.
Women/Lead: 1. Janja Garnbret (SLO), 36+; 2. Jain Kim (KOR), 36+; 3. Jessica Pilz (AUT), 36; 4. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN), 35+; 5. Katharina Posch (AUT), 31.
Women/Speed ~ Final: 1. Aries Susanti Rahayu (INA), 7.740; 2. Anouck Jaubert (FRA), 8.010. Third: 3. Iullia Kaplina (RUS), 7.650; 4. Mariia Krasavina (RUS), 7.870.