Austria, Korea Represent China Lead World Cup

UPDATED: 9/11/11 – Slovenian Mina Markovic tied Korean Jain Kim for first place in Changzhi, China, last week, not finishing second as previously reported. This is Markovic’s fourth win of the year.

9/8/11 – Austrian Jakob Schubert and Korean Jain Kim won the Lead World Cup in Changzhi, China, this week. This is Schubert’s third consecutive first-place finish, as he won last week’s LWC in Xining, China, and the LWC in Briançon, France, in July.

Kim has medaled in six bouldering and lead climbing World Cups in 2011, including the Arco World Championships.

Spain’s Ramón Julian Puigblanque placed second, with Japan’s Sachi Amma finishing in third. On the women’s side, Slovenians Mina Markovic and Maja Vidmar won the silver and bronze behind Kim. No Americans competed in this comp.

Last week, in Xining, Schubert and Markovic topped the podium, followed by Amma and Kim in second, and France’s Manuel Romain and Austria’s Katharina Posch in third.

Markovic currently leads the women’s rankings, followed by Kim and Vidmar. Schubert is on top for men by a fairly wide margin, followed by Puigblanque and Amma.

See full results here.

Next up is a Lead World Cup in Puurs, Belgium, followed by Boulder, Colorado’s first Lead World Cup on October 8 and 9.

Women’s final lead results:

  1. Jain Kim (Korea)

  2. Mina Markovic (Slovenia)

  3. Maja Vidmar (Slovenia)

  4. Seuran Han (Korea)

  5. Charlotte Durif (France)

  6. Yana Chereshneva (Russia)

Men’s final lead results:

  1. Jakob Schubert (Austria)

  2. Ramón Julian Puigblanque (Spain)

  3. Sachi Amma (Japan)

  4. Thomas Tauporn (Germany)

  5. Manuel Romain (France)

  6. Hyunbin Min (Korea)