The IFSC world cups are a series of events that are held annually, with climbers competing in lead, bouldering, and speed categories. The World Championships are held once every 2 years to determine a world champion in each climbing discipline. In 1989 the World Cup kicked off with lead climbing as the only discipline, while the World Championships started in 1991. Initially, the lead category was dominated by European climbers for over a decade. However, since 2000 there has been a wider variety of countries represented in the top placings.
Jakob Schubert and Seo Chae-hyun won the 2021 Men’s and Women’s Lead World Championship respectively. Check out the video of the championship-winning climbs: