Janja Garnbret back at the top

Janja Garnbret wins the gold medal at the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in Innsbruck. The strong Slovenian was unstoppable in the final and showed a perfect performance with four out of four topped boulders - all flashed.

Still breaking at the top of the fourth final boulder Janja Garnbret in tears of joy. A highly emotional moment that couldn't have summed up the exciting women's bouldering final at the IFSC World Cup in Innsbruck more aptly. Janja Garnbret is definitely back, back in her old strength. She wins before Natalia Grossman and Miho Nonaka the gold medal.

A rare image that reminds us that even longtime dominators like Janja Garnbret feel pressure. Image: Jan Virt/IFSC
A rare image that reminds us that even longtime dominators like Janja Garnbret feel pressure. Image: Jan Virt/IFSC

Top-class final

In the women's bouldering final, the three Japanese Miho Nonaka, Futaba Ito and Ai Mori and the two Americans Brooke Raboutou and Natalia Grossman fought for the podium with Janja Garnbret. With her victory at the last Bouldering World Cup of the year, the Slovenian secured her 15th World Cup gold in this discipline.

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"I'm thankfull. Grateful for my team, because they have always been with me over the past few months. In this time with many tears, many tears, many difficult moments, doubts and negative thoughts."

Janja Garnbret

She felt so relieved when she topped the last boulder that her emotions completely overwhelmed her. "I thought I had almost forgotten how to take part in a competition," said Janja Garnbret after her injury-related break from competition. 'But I guess I haven't. I was even able to flash the record boulder."

"I always try to bring out the best in myself and be stronger each year than the year before, but I feel like the field is getting stronger."

Janja Garnbret

This is exactly the reason why you compete. To win when everyone is having their best day. “With a stronger field, it's more fun and there are more challenges. Sometimes the boulders in the final are a bit too easy, but I think we had the perfect lap tonight."

Brooke Raboutou flies towards the next hold. In the end she ended up in fourth place. Image: Lena Drapella/IFSC
Brooke Raboutou flies towards the next hold. In the end she ended up in fourth place. Image: Lena Drapella/IFSC

Natalie Grossman wins overall World Cup

The American Natalia Grossman secured second place with two flashed final boulders and two zones. In addition, after an outstanding bouldering season, she was crowned overall World Cup winner.

Her teammate Brooke Raboutou finished in an unfortunate fourth place but won the bronze medal overall. Among the Japanese finalists, Miho Nonaka was able to show the strongest performance last night. With two tops and two zones like Grossman, but with more attempts, she secured the bronze medal.

IFSC Boulder World Cup Innsbruck: Ranking women

  1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)
  2. Natalia Grossman (US)
  3. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
  4. Brooke Raboutou (USA)
  5. Ai Mori (JPN)
  6. Futaba Ito (JPN)

IFSC Boulder World Cup Total Score Women

  1. Natalia Grossman (US)
  2. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
  3. Brooke Raboutou (USA)
  4. Oriane Bertone (FRA)
  5. Ayala Kerem (ISR)
  6. Stasa Gejo (SER)

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