A thrilling men’s Boulder final concluded with another celebration for Team France, as Thomas LEMAGNER won his country’s third consecutive gold in Sport Climbing at the European Games.
The talented 17-year-old French won a tight battle against Latvia’s Edvards GRUZITIS, climbing to the top of the Krakow-Malopolska 2023 podium with two tops and four zones. Crucial to his win, was the zone on the fourth problem, which no-one else among the finalists managed to secure.
GRUZITIS won silver with two tops and three zones, missing what would have been a third, decisive top on M3 for a matter of seconds.
The bronze medal was awarded to Switzerland’s Julien CLEMENCE with two tops – on M1 and M3 – and two zones.
Entering the stage with the first seed, Great Britain’s Dayan AKHTAR slipped outside of the medal positions and concluded fourth with one top and three zones. Slovenia’s Gregor VEZONIK and Germany’s Lasse VON FREIER closed in the bottom two positions: the experienced Slovenian placed fifth with one top and two zones, and his German rival closed sixth with two zones.
Sport Climbing at the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023 will conclude tonight with the women’s Boulder final, scheduled to start at 20:00 (UTC+2:00).
European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023 is the Europe’s biggest multidisciplinary sporting event in 2023. More than 7 thousands athlete are competing in 26 sports and 29 disciplines for 253 gold medals. More than that, European Games 2023 are part of the qualification process for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 in 19 sports. This great celebretion of sports starts with opening ceremony in Krakow on 21st of June. The closing ceremony will take place on July 2nd.