Kim, Amma Are World Cup Champs

World Cup champion Sachi Amma winning in Mokpo, Korea, in October.

World Cup champion Sachi Amma winning in Mokpo, Korea, in October. Photo by Heiko Wilhelm /

11/18/19 - Jain Kim from Korean and Sachi Amma from Japan have won the women's and men's overall Lead World Cup for 2013, following the final stop on the circuit in Kranj, Slovenia, this past weekend. Neither climber won gold in Kranj—those went to Momoka Oda of Japan and Jakob Schubert of Austria—but both made finals, and their point totals were enough to give them the overall victories.

Kim, 25, won four World Cup lead climbing events this year and finished second in two others. After finishing the past two seasons as runner-up in the overall World Cup chase, Kim edged Slovenia's Mina Markovic for the grand prize this year.

Twenty-four-year old Sachi Amma only finished third in Kranj, but his three previous victories and other top places earlier this year were enough to earn his second overall World Cup title in a row. Austria's Jackob Schubert finished second for the season, and Canada's Sean McColl was fifth, his second year in a row in the top five for lead climbers. Remarkably, McColl also finished third overall in the 2013 Boulder World Cup season.

2013 Lead Climbing World CupOverall Results

Men 1. Sachi Amma (JAP) 2. Jakob Schubert (AUT) 3. Ramón Julián Puigblanque (SPA) 4. Hynbin Min (KOR) 5. Sean McColl (CAN)

Women 1. Jain Kim (KOR) 2. Mina Markovic (SLO) 3. Momoka Oda (JAP) 4. Magdalena Röck (AUT) 5. Dinara Fakhritdinova (RUS)