Kranj IFSC World Cup 2016 Finals
Finals in Kranj were a torrid affair for the men. Brutally set the climb was made up of committing, low percentage moves right off the deck. At about third hight a nasty sequence from a purple sloper to a yellow volume spelt the undoing of much of the field. With the added humidity of a packed venue and the heat of the stage lighting the sloper was terrible, forcing much of the field to attempt to break sequence, Something they were unable to do. Domen Skofic fought through for a couple more holds but the star of the show was Germany’s Sebastian Halenke who commited to the sequence and fought his way well up the route, taking his first ever World Cup win.
In the women’s field Akiyo Noguchi set the bar high early, showing great form. Finals débutante Hannah Schubert fought her way to the mid section of the route, showing she will be a force to be reckoned with in future years, then the big three duked it out. The evergreen Mina Markovic fell just shy of Akiyo’s highpoint, a position that would leave her just off the podium. Belgian Anak Verhoeven was next and mangage the climb of the night, fighting through to fall in sight of the top, leaving just Slovenian star Janja Garnbret to go. Janja had been on fire all comp, looking strong and playful on the routes, climbing loose and dynamic but always looking in control. If the finals however she rushed a vital sequence, missed the critical part of a hold she was aiming for and fell, consigned to third.
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