Mina Markovic wins European Championships

On July 12th 2015, in the heart of the Alps in Chamonix, France Mina Markovic (SLO) has won the European Championship in lead climbing.

Within one climb she did not only top the route and became European Champion, she also won the first IFSC World Cup of the 2015 season.

After her Silver medal at the 2013 European Championships she became the first Slovenian women to win this title. “With clipping the top of the semifinal and the final route I have secured gold. Also my first European Championships! Definitely a great start of the season on an amazing event in Chamonix”, Mina posted later on her Facebook page.

It has been a great evening for the Slovenian climbing team – even though youngster Domen Skofic missed the finals and had to watch his female teammates competing.

In her first World Cup ever, the young Slovenian climber Janja Garnbret made it into the finals and was – next to Mina – the only women to top the final route. That made her the winner of the Silver Medal both of the World Cup and the European Championships. The third place of the evening went to Autrian climber Jessica Pliz, who was really close to finish the route.

The men’s title of European Champion went to Ramon Puigblanque from Spain, ahead of Adam Ondra (CZE) and Sebastian Halenke (GER).

French climbing superstar Romain Desgranges missed the podium closely and finished fourth, ahead of his teammate Gautier Supper.