BOULDER & LEAD ACTION ON DAY THREE OF THE 2021 IFSC YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Today, the third day of the 2021 International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Youth World Championships saw athletes compete in Boulder and Lead qualifications and semi-finals in Voronezh, Russia.

Youth B Lead semi-finals kicked off the morning’s events, with 26 men and 26 women taking to the walls again after competing in their respective qualification rounds yesterday. In the women’s semi-final, the USA’s Anastasia Sanders (14) claimed the top spot on the scoreboard as the only athlete to find her way to the top of the route. Behind her, Meije Lerondel (14) of France and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Bernardova (15) achieved scores of 41+ and 38+, respectively, also adding their names to tomorrow’s final line-up. The trio shared the top-ranking position in the opening round of the competition.

Competing in the Youth B women’s Lead final are:

  • Anastasia Sanders (USA)
  • Meije Lerondel (FRA)
  • Barbora Bernardova (CZE)
  • Naima Gringl (AUT)
  • Ella Fisher (USA)
  • Jul Couture (SUI)
  • Mio Nukui (JPN)
  • Anna Mihalcikova (CZE)

In the Youth B men’s Lead semi-final, Japan’s Sorato Anraku (14) topped the route alongside Slovenia’s Gorazd Jurekovič (14) and Timo Uznik (15) of Austria. Based on their qualification rankings, the three athletes will head into the final in first, second, and third place, respectively. Five of the other athletes who came out on top in the qualification round obtained a spot in the final, but France’s Max Bertone (14) fell at 36+ and settled for 15th place.

Competing in the Youth B men’s final are:

  • Sorato Anraku (JPN)
  • Gorazd Jurekovič (SLO)
  • Timo Uznik (AUT)
  • Lukas Mokrolusky (CZE)
  • Hugo Hoyer (USA)
  • Dillon Countryman (USA)
  • Raffael Gruber (AUT)
  • Finn Altemöller (GER)

Next on the agenda was the Youth A men’s Boulder semi-final, where 17-year-old Mejdi Schalck of France earned his place in the final with three tops and four zones. Latvia’s Edvards Gruzitis (17) and Isaac Leff (17) of the USA achieved the same score, yet placed second and third based on their number of attempts. Gruzitis won a bronze medal in Boulder at the 2019 IFSC Youth World Championships – will he retain his spot on the podium this year?

The trio will be joined in the final by three other athletes. The full line up is as follows:

  • Mejdi Schalck (FRA)
  • Edvards Gruzitis (LAT)
  • Isaac Leff (USA)
  • Thorben Perry Bloem (GER)
  • Hannes Van Duysen (BEL)
  • Emil Zimmermann (GER)

In the Junior men’s Boulder semi-final, Boulder gold medallist of the 2019 IFSC Youth World Championships – Japan’s Ao Yurikusa (18) – ranked first with four tops and four zones. His compatriot Rei Kawamata (17) placed second with four tops, using more attempts than Yurikusa. 2019 silver medallist Hamish McArthur (19), of Great Britain, sealed the top of the scoreboard heading into the final with three tops and four zones. Senior IFSC World Cup regular Paul Jenft (18), of France, also made the cut for tomorrow’s final.

The line-up for the final is as follows:

  • Ao Yurikusa (JPN)
  • Rei Kawamata (JPN)
  • Hamish McArthur (GBR)
  • Paul Jenft (FRA)
  • Eliot Barnabé (FRA)
  • Dayan Akhtar (GBR)

Returning to the Lead wall, Slovenia’s Sara Copar (16) achieved joint first place in the Youth A women’s Lead qualification round with two tops, alongside Italy’s Alessia Mabboni (16). Copar won a combined gold medal at the 2019 championships – could she add a Lead medal to her collection in Voronezh? Bronze medallist of the 2019 Lead Youth World Championships – Bulgaria’s Aleksandra Totkova (16) – as well as Marketa Janosova (17) of the Czech Republic and Slovenia’s Liza Novak (16), were the only other athletes to secure a top in the qualification round, and will head through to the semi-final tomorrow.

Last but not least, in the Junior women’s Lead qualification, Slovenia’s Lucija Tarkus (17), Camille Pouget of France (18), and Nonoha Kume (17) of Japan all shared the top spot of the leader board with two tops. Ukraine’s Nika Potapova (18), who holds the title of 2019 Youth A Lead World Champion, placed twelfth, and Youth A combined bronze medallist Emily Phillips (18), placed thirteenth, putting them both into the semi-final roster.

The action will continue tomorrow with Youth B Lead finals (men and women) from 10:00 AM (UTC+3:00), followed by the Youth A men’s Boulder final at 11:30 AM, Youth A and Junior women’s Lead semi-finals from 2:00 PM, and the Junior men’s Boulder final at 7:00 PM, all of which will be streamed live on the IFSC YouTube channel with both English and Russian commentary.

See the Youth B women’s Lead semi-final results here.

See the Youth B men’s Lead semi-final results here.

See the Youth A men’s Boulder semi-final results here.

See the Junior men’s Boulder semi-final results here.

See the Youth A women’s Lead qualification results here.

See the Junior women’s Lead qualification results here.

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