Luo Zhilu of China stands on the podium after winning a bronze in the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Brixen, Italy. (photo courtesy of the IFSC official website)
China's Luo Zhilu claimed a bronze in her IFSC Climbing World Cup debut in Brixen, Italy.
ROME, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Natalia Grossman of the United States earned her fourth consecutive gold this season in the IFSC Climbing World Cup in Brixen, Italy on Saturday, while Chinese rookie Luo Zhilu claimed a bronze.
Hannah Meul settled for a silver, as she and Grossman were the only two athletes having solved all four boulders in Saturday's women's final.
Their zone records were also exactly the same, but Grossman took the gold to extend her winning streak by leading Meul with one less attempt to reach the top.
"Hannah definitely kept me on my toes the whole final round so that was kind of fun dealing with the pressure, but I'm glad I was able to keep it together," said Grossman following her win.
With two tops and four zones, 16-year-old Luo upset Olympic silver medalist Nonaka Miho, who has one top and four zones, to take the bronze in her IFSC Climbing World Cup debut.
"Before we climb the last line, both me and Nonaka had one top and three zones. I thought she might easily top it, but it didn't make me worried because I just wanted to perform my best," said Luo. ■