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Garnbret headlines successful season for Slovenian climbers

Ljubljana, 5 December - Slovenian sports climber Janja Garnbret won the Climbing World Cup in the women's lead discipline in November in what was a successful defence of her title from last year. The 18-year-old was also second overall in the World Cup in bouldering, and won the silver medal in the same discipline at this year's European Championships.

Slovenian sport climber Janja Garnbret
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"This season was the most strenuous of all, which makes me happier that I held out physically and psychologically," she said after securing the World Cup win. The Slovenian sensation has proven to be the most versatile climber in the world, having also won the combined competition in the World Cup, which also includes bouldering and speed competitions.

Rounding off a successful year for Slovenia in climbing was Anže Peharc, who won bronze in the men's bouldering competition at the European Championships to increase Slovenia's medal tally to twenty. Garnbret has secured three, along with lead silver from Chamonix two years ago, while Slovenia's most successful sports climber Mina Markovič has contributed seven.

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