Sport climber Hannah Meul just missed out on another medal at the European Championships after silver in bouldering.
At the international premiere of the new Olympic combination of bouldering and lead, the 21-year-old student took fourth place with a total of 165.9 points. As expected, gold in the final of the eight best climbers went to Olympic champion Janja Garnbret from Slovenia (199.9), who had already won the individual disciplines bouldering and lead.
After her special discipline of bouldering, Meul was in second place at “halftime” – the four relatively easy routes had, however, also been mastered well by a number of lead specialists. In the second discipline, Mia Krampl from Slovenia (180.9 points) and lead world champion Jessica Pilz from Austria (180.6 points) pushed the Rhinelander down from silver and bronze. For a medal, Meul would have had to climb the 15 meter high Lead wall to the very top, but she failed just before the “summit”.
Meul won the only German medal for the team of the German Alpine Club (DAV) in the eight European Championship competitions. No German man had been able to qualify for the men’s combination competition on Thursday.