July 18, 2015 - American Delaney Miller, 20, entered the final of today's Lead World Cup in Briançon, France, in fifth place, hoping for a podium finish. But as Miller started the final route, angling left across the lower wall, she did not notice that she had skipped the second clip on the route, and after clipping the third bolt she was called down from the wall by judges. Competition rules state you must clip every bolt on the route.
Despite this disappointment, Miller ended up finishing seventh, equaling her best-ever performance in a World Cup (last July in Austria), and she will remain in the top 10 in World Cup standings. She finished 10th in the first Lead World Cup of the 2015 season, last weekend in Chamonix, France.
Korean powerhouse Jain Kim won the women’s comp in Briançon, a final notable for the fact that eight different countries were represented among the eight finalists. Unfortunately, Slovenian Mina Markovic, the winner last week in Chamonix, injured an ankle in the semifinal round and did not start in the finals.
In the men’s comp, 24-year-old French climber Gautier Supper thrilled the local crowd with a convincing win in the final round after also dominating the semifinals. Canadian Sean McColl, who squeaked into the finals on a count-back to the qualifying round, ended up with a strong performance and finished fifth.
Women 1. Jain Kim (KOR) 2. Jessica Pilz (AUT) 3. Anak Verhoeven (BEL) 4. Mathilde Becerra (FRA) 5. Risa Ota (JAP) 6. Dinara Fakhnitidinova (RUS) 7. Delaney Miller (USA) 8. Mina Markovic (SLO–Did not start final)
Men 1. Gautier Supper (FRA) 2. Minoru Nakano (JAP) 3. Jakob Schubert (AUT) 4. Dmitri Fakrianov (RUS) 5. Sean McColl (CAN) 6. Stefano Ghisofi (ITA) 7. Adam Ondra (CZE) 8. Romain Desgranges (FRA)