THE HUNT FOR PARIS 2024 TICKETS BEGINS IN BERN WITH WOMEN’S BOULDER & LEAD
For the Boulder and Lead athletes, attention now turns to Paris 2024 qualification at the IFSC Climbing World Championships with the women up first in their Boulder round to try and make it through to finals on 11 August.
Continuing with the Lead semi-final round tonight, Janja Garnbret has once again put herself in a great position as the only climber to top all four routes.
With a different scoring system for Boulder & Lead and more zones - 5 for the first, 10 for the second and 25 for a top – Garnbrets score was 98.9 out of a possible 100 due to attempts subtracting 0.1 from a climber’s score.
France’s Oriane Bertone seems to again be enjoying her climbing in Bern as is in second place with a score of 79.4. Bertone topped three of the four boulders.
With a medal already from Bern in Boulder, USA’s Brooke Raboutou is third topping two boulders for a score of 54.1.
Raboutou’s teammate Anastasia Sanders was the first climber of the day to top a problem and sits in fifth. Sanders said: “It was pretty fun. After I didn’t top the first three I was back in isolation and thought I have to top this one, and I did.
I’m excited for Lead tonight. I don’t really have too many expectations and I’m trying not to put a lot of pressure on myself.”
In eighth place, Australia’s Oceania Mackenzie didn’t top a route, but did hit the 10 point zone in three of the four. Mackenzie said: “Definitely a hard round, a bit jumpy and risky, but fun, which always makes for a good round.”
A spot below in ninth, Slovenia’s Mia Krampl was happy with her round despite not making a top, knowing that Lead is where she will make up the ground: “I knew on the first boulder that this round would be a pretty tough semi-final. I didn’t top any boulders but I got a few second zones, so I got a few points. I don’t know the results yet but I did my best and I hope it will be enough.
“I have a few hours rest not to forget about this round and focus on Lead. Lead is still my dominant discipline so I hope I will do better and it will be enough for finals.”
Bern 2023 Lead medallists, Mori Ai of Japan and Seo Chaehyun of South Korea, will be happy that their discipline later this evening will give them an opportunity to move further up the standings.
Mori currently sits in sixth and Seo in 15th.
Full women’s Boulder & Lead results can be found here
Slovenia's Mia Krampl in Boulder & Lead semi-finals action
Photo: Jan Virt/IFSC