Slovenian star Janja Garnbret made history as the first combined gold medallist at the International Federation of Sport Climbing World Championships as she laid down another marker prior to the sport's Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 in Innsbruck.
The 19-year-old world champion prevailed over the three disciplines of bouldering, speed and lead in a format which will be used at the 2020 Olympic Games in the Japanese capital.
Garnbret, who won the bouldering title earlier at the event in the Austrian city, scored a total of five points to comfortably take gold ahead of South Korea's Sa Sol.
The South Korean athlete was seven adrift of the Slovenian, who already appears a strong favourite for the gold medal at Tokyo 2020, while Jessica Pilz delivered home bronze for Austria.
Austria's own @jakob_schubert puts on a show for the home crowd, gaining the lead in the Combined final by topping all 4 problems and flashing 3 @Innsbruck2018 #IFSCwch! Jan Hojer (GER) just behind him in the results. Last round of climbing in Lead next! pic.twitter.com/GrYjv2TPz9— IFSC (@IFSClimbing) September 16, 2018
The format, which forces all climbers to tackle the three disciplines, has been criticised by athletes previously but Garnbret insisted it was a positive for the sport.
"It was interesting and unique, the Olympic format is demanding," she said, according to RTV Slovenija.
"It started badly because I did not climb fastest, but I was not overly burdened, because I knew that I was very good in the other disciplines. special, but also a feeling, I'm proud to be the first world champion in this discipline."