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Garnbret wins Climbing World Cup in lead for second time

Beijing, 15 October - Slovenian sport climber Janja Garnbret has secured the overall Climbing World Cup victory in the women's lead discipline in what is her second feat of its kind in a row.

Slovenian sport climber Janja Garnbret
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Garnbret placed third in the penultimate World Cup event in China's Xiamen on Sunday, while her closest rival in the overall rankings, Jain Kim of South Korea, only placed eighth.

Today's event was won by Anak Verhoeven of Belgium, ahead of Ashima Shiraishi of the US.

The 13 top climbers from the qualifications went straight into the finals after the semi-finals were cancelled due to rain. Another Slovenian finalist, Mina Markovič, placed 5th.

Garnbret slipped on an anchor that proved problematic for most other climbers.

Garnbret first won the Climbing World Cup in the women's lead discipline last year, succeeding her compatriot Mina Markovič, who accomplished the feat in 2012 and 2013.

The 18-year-old from Slovenj Gradec also won gold in the same discipline at the 2016 Climbing World Championships in Paris.

The Slovenian teenage sensation has proven to be the most versatile climber in the world, having also secured the overall combined win in the World Cup, which also includes bouldering and speed competitions. The latter discipline will feature at the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.

The Climbing World Cup season will conclude in Slovenia's Kranj on 11 and 12 November.

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