Bronze for Molly Thompson-Smith in European Lead Championships 2020

Posted by Emma Travers on 26/11/2020
Molly Thompson-Smith placed 3rd in the Lead finals in Moscow. Photo: Leo Zhukov

Molly Thompson-Smith climbed her way to a bronze medal in the Lead final of the IFSC European Continental Championships, currently taking place in Moscow, Russia.

Molly, who previously won a bronze medal in the 2017 Lead World Cup in Kranj, told us about the lead final:

“Despite it being my second session on my fifth day on, I was so psyched to climb in finals last night! The route was pumpy and punchy but I was pleased to still be able to give it a good fight and even end up with a medal. My lead shape wasn’t where I wanted it to be due to trying to focus on the combined event so my performance was a nice surprise and a marker of a good foundation for the next lead season. The event has been nicely organised and Will and I have had a great time out here with Tom [Greenall] and Dave [Barrans] whose support has been amazing.”

GB Climbing Head Coach Tom Greenall, who is out in Moscow supporting Molly and Will, said "The campaign here in Moscow is going very well. We've worked hard to maintain high standards around athlete health and are happy with our position. Molly and Will have both performed well and are excited and motivated to move on to tomorrow's Combined qualifications." 

Molly is out in Moscow this week alongside GB Climbing Team member Will Bosi. Both of them having already competed in the Speed, Boulder and Lead disciplines.

READ: Molly Thompson-Smith and Will Bosi take on the final chance for Olympic Qualification

The Lead event formed part of the qualification for the Combined event, the results of which will be used for Olympic selection. The Combined event begins on Friday with a qualification round.

Molly is currently in 10th place heading into the Combined qualifier round after placing 25th in Speed, 14th in Boulder and 3rd in Lead. Will Bosi has also qualified for the Combined event in 8th place, finishing 14th in Speed, 15th in Boulder and 12th in Lead. The top eight athletes out of the 20 qualifying climbers on Friday will progress to the Combined final on Saturday.

WATCH: Molly in her podium grabbing performance at the 2020 European Lead Championship finals 

Next up: Combined Event

From Friday morning, both Will and Molly will be representing Great Britain in the Combined event where the athletes will compete across Speed, Boulder and Lead all in one day. In this event two athletes will qualify for the last places at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will now take place in 2021.⁠⁠ The finals will be streamed live on BBC Sport and iPlayer on Saturday.

Combined Qualifications

⁠Where to watch

The qualifying rounds for Speed, Boulder and Lead will be taking place all day on Friday 27th November, beginning 7am GMT with Speed. 

⏰ 7am Combined Speed Qualifications

⏰ 08.30 Combined Boulder Qualifications 

⏰ 15.00 Combined Lead Qualifications

Combined Finals

On Saturday 28th November the combined finals will be taking place. You can watch either on the BBC Sport page or through the IFSC YouTube Channel Livestreams below.

⏰ 12.50 Women's Combined Speed Finals

⏰ 13.30 Men's Combined Speed Finals

⏰ 14.30 Women's Combined Boulder Finals

⏰ 16.00 Men's Combined Boulder Finals

⏰ 18.00 Women's Combined Lead Finals followed by Men's Combined Lead Finals

Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #IFSCcontinental.

WATCH: The Championships streamed so far 


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