Today, June 23, not only marked the opening of the debut Lead World Cup of the 2021 Sport Climbing season, but also the start of the one-month countdown to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. On a special date which also happens to be Olympic Day, nine Olympians qualified for the semi-final in the women’s event, in addition to seven in the men’s.

As the only athlete to top both routes, queen of climbing Janja Garnbret, of Slovenia, finished the opening round in first place. Garnbret was followed by Italian Laura Rogora, who won gold in the sole Lead World Cup of the 2020 season, and Brooke Raboutou of the United States, with the pair being the only two athletes aside from Garnbret to secure a top in the women’s event. The trio are all qualified to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in just one month’s time, and fellow Olympians Akiyo Noguchi and Miho Nonaka of Japan, Viktoriia Meshkova of Russia, France’s Julia Chanourdie, Mia Krampl of Slovenia, and the USA’s Kyra Condie, are all set to compete in Friday’s Lead semi-final.

In the men’s event, Czech climbing sensation Adam Ondra cruised his way into the semi-final in first place with 37+ on qualification route one and a top of route two. Austria’s Jakob Schubert put on a stellar performance on home soil, walking into the semi-final in second place, followed by German athlete Alexander Megos in third. As in the women’s event, the three men leading the way into the semi-final are all qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 this summer. Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki and Kai Harada, Colin Duffy of the USA, and Spain’s Alberto Ginés López, are also Olympic athletes through to the men’s Lead semi-final later this week.

Full results from the women’s qualification round can be found here, and the men’s results here.

The full line-up of athletes through to the women’s Lead semi-final are:

  • Janja Garnbret (SLO)
  • Laura Rogora (ITA)
  • Brooke Raboutou (USA)
  • Vita Lukan (SLO)
  • Lucka Rakovec (SLO)
  • Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)
  • Heloïse Doumont (BEL)
  • Aleksandra Totkova (BUL)
  • Natalia Grossman (USA)
  • Anne-Sophie Koller (SUI)
  • Viktoriia Meshkova (RUS)
  • Julia Chanourdie (FRA)
  • Momoko Abe (JPN)
  • Lana Skusek (SLO)
  • Miho Nonaka (JPN)
  • Mia Krampl (SLO)
  • Eliska Adamovska (CZE)
  • Futaba Ito (JPN)
  • Julia Fiser (AUT)
  • Manon Hily (FRA)
  • Kyra Condie (USA)
  • Eva Maria Hammelmüller (AUT)
  • Salomé Romain (FRA)
  • Claudia Ghisolfi (ITA)
  • Giorgia Tesio (ITA)
  • Tjasa Slemensek (SLO)

Competing in the men’s Lead semi-final are:

  • Adam Ondra (CZE)
  • Jakob Schubert (AUT)
  • Alexander Megos (GER)
  • Domen Skofic (SLO)
  • Stefano Ghisolfi (ITA)
  • Colin Duffy (USA)
  • Tomoa Narasaki (JPN)
  • Sascha Lehmann (SUI)
  • Ao Yurikusa (JPN)
  • Kokoro Fujii (JPN)
  • Alberto Ginés López (ESP)
  • Satone Yoshida (JPN)
  • Martin Stranik (CZE)
  • Nicolas Collin (BEL)
  • Martin Bergant (SLO)
  • Masahiro Higuchi (JPN)
  • Kai Harada (JPN)
  • Marcello Bombardi (ITA)
  • Paul Jenft (FRA)
  • Peter Kuric (SVK)
  • Luka Potocar (SLO)
  • Anthony Gullsten (FIN)
  • Cristoph Hanke (GER)
  • Hannes Puman (SWE)
  • Dylan Chuat (SUI)
  • Victor Baudrand (CAN)

Colin Duffy of the United States of America competes in the men's Lead qualification round in Innsbruck, Austria
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC

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