The Slovenia Times

Garnbret claims eighth world title

Sport climber Janja Garnbret. Photo: STA
Slovenian Olympic champion Janja Garnbret won gold in the women's combined at the Climbing World Championships in Bern, Switzerland on 11 August to claim her eighth world title and her third medal at the event, plus an Olympic berth.

The 24-year-old Slovenian took the title in the women's boulder and lead finals with a combined score of 177.0, nearly 20 points clear of Jessica Pilz of Austria, who totalled 157.1 to take silver. Japan's Mori Ai, the lead champion in Bern, won bronze with 140.6.

All three secured quota spots at the Paris Olympics next year.

"I feel incredible and relieved at the same time. It feels so amazing today, I was so composed, like I was climbing the lead flawlessly," Garnbret said after her feat.

"I'm just so incredibly happy right now that I qualified, even though I had qualified already once, but you don't get tired of this feeling of qualifying for the Olympics, my second Olympics! Here we go," Garnbret added, overwhelmed with joy.

This is the second gold medal for Garnbret in Bern after she won the boulder event on 5 August. She also took silver in lead the next day.

She is the greatest climber of all times, having won ten world championship medals, of which eight golds, 40 World Cup victories, as well as the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when competition climbing made its Olympic debut with the combined event.

In addition to boulder and lead the combined event in Tokyo also included speed. The latter will be featured as a separate event in Paris.


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