Janja Garnbret completes clean sweep at 2022 European sport climbing championships

The Olympic champion triumphed in the women's new Boulder and Lead combined event to claim her third straight gold in Munich.

By Alessandro Poggi
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Janja Garnbret cemented her status as sport climbing's world star by taking a third straight title at the 2022 European championships in Munich, Germany, on Wednesday (17 August).

After winning golds in the women's individual lead and boulder events, the Slovenian also dominated the Boulder and Lead combined competition, the new Olympic format tested ahead of next year's qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.

Garnbret looked in control in both climbs, topping the overall standings with 199.9 points (out of a possible 200).

"It definitely feels incredible, I love Munich and I really enjoyed it here," the Tokyo 2020 champ said after her win.

"Today was really mentally tough and with the support of the crowd it was easier, The crowd was absolutely phenomenal for the whole week, thank you!"

Silver went to her compatriot Mia Krampl (180.9) with Austrian Jessica Pilz taking bronze (180.6).

Garnbret won all the events she competed in, while she didn't take part in the speed competition won by Aleksandra Miroslaw.

Garnbret leading from the first climb

As the sun was relentlessly shining on the hundreds of spectators gathered at Konigsplatz, Garnbret took the lead in the boulder, getting three flashes and a top to score 99.9 points out of 100, according to the new digital system.

Local favourite Hannah Meul followed with 80.9 points, reaching three tops and one zone. Mia Krampl completed the top three with 80.9 points.

In the lead event, athletes had six minutes to climb up the route and could collect points only halfway up, at the first yellow hold.

Krampl and Pilz scored the maximum amount of points (100) and ensured a place in the top three, but they were eventually overtaken by Garnbret who had a flawless climb despite suffering a back problem after the boulder event.

The sport climbing competition in Munich will end on Thursday with the men's Boulder and Lead event.


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