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Garnbret makes history

Janja Garnbret during practice in April 2023. Photo: BoĊĦtjan Podlogar/STA

Slovenian climber Janja Garnbret has made sporting history by winning her 40th World Cup event in Switzerland on 1 July, a feat no other man or woman has achieved before.

Garnbret dominated the lead event in Villars as the only competitor to reach the top in the semi-final and the final, to achieve her 25th lead win and 40th World Cup victory.

"It's crazy how high I reached and unbelievable that this is my 40th victory. I'm really proud of that," the 24-year-old said.

"Villars is my venue, I first won it in 2016 and have continued to do so every year. It's my second home in a sense, I really feel at home here," she said.

The 24-year-old injured her toe in February and was out of competition until early June, but she has come back in style.

In her first event after the injury she finished second in bouldering, but two weeks later she won both the bouldering and the lead in Innsbruck.

"I'm not the kind of person who counts victories, what really counts for me is to make progress and to enjoy. I know I'm repeating myself, but it's true, in particular in a season when I am returning after injury - and returning in style," she said.

Garnbret has won everything there is to win in sports climbing. The sport's first Olympic champion, she also has six world champion titles and won four overall World Cup titles.


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