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Janja Garnbret claims second European title in 24 hours

The Tokyo 2020 gold medallist continued her dominance in Munich by adding the bouldering title to her lead gold.

3 min By Ash Tulloch and Alessandro Poggi
Janja Garnbret
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Janja Garnbret continued her fine form at the 2022 European Sport Climbing Championships in Munich, Germany, by taking her second title of the weekend on Sunday (14 August).

Fresh from winning her first continental crown in lead on Saturday, the Slovenian overcame a slow start to claim bouldering gold in front of Germany's Hanna Meul and 17-year-old Oriane Bertone of France, who took silver and bronze respectively

Garnbret, who hadn't competed in boulder since April, only managed one zone on the first boulder, but then - despite an injured index finger in the right hand - quickly flashed the following two routes and finished with another zone one in the final problem.

“Today was tough. I started off pretty badly with the first boulder, not doing it, but I didn't panic," said the Olympic champion.

"I just said to myself, ‘Look, you have three boulders in front of you, anything can happen,' and I continued to have fun.”

With Meul and Bertone putting pressure on her by topping the first boulder, the 23-year-old managed to keep her nerves in check.

“It is all positive energy - she said - It is the one thing that you really need, that you need the most because you can’t do anything with being negative. I said to myself to have fun. Just climb the boulders. You have an amazing crowd behind you, enjoy it and so I did that.”

Local favourite Meul was spurred on by a hyped crowd at Königsplatz and secured second place with two tops and three zones, using fewer attempts than Bertone.

Garnbret will be back in action on Wednesday for the combined boulder and lead competition.

She said, "I'm really looking forward to two rest days because I really need it after four days of competing. Then I think I'll be fresh, back on the wall and mats for the combined competition."

To check out the full women’s boulder final full results - click here.

READ: European Championships Munich 2022 Sport Climbing: Schedule, athletes, how to watch

European Sport Climbing Championships Munich 2022: Schedule: (8 medal events)

Times are local to Munich, Germany, which is Central European Summer Time / CEST (UTC+2:00)

Monday, 15 August
14:00 Women’s Speed qualification
14:30 Men’s Speed qualification
15:30 Women's Speed final
15:45 Men's Speed final

Wednesday, 17 August
15:00 Women's Boulder & Lead final, Boulder round
17:00 Women's Boulder & Lead final, Lead round

Thursday, 18 August
15:00 Men's Boulder & Lead final, Boulder round
17:00 Men's Boulder & Lead final, Lead round

Schedule subject to change. Full European Championships Munich 2022 sport climbing schedule here.

How to watch the European Championships Munich 2022

For a detailed full schedule of the event, check out the official website here. Please note the schedule is subject to change.

The event will be available for television broadcast and livestream coverage in various regions. Further streaming details can be found on the Munich 2022 app.

You can also follow all the action via our social media and on Olympics.com.

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