The Russian city of Voronezh welcomed the sixth day of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Youth World Championships today, in which Youth A men competed in their Lead qualification round, Boulder semi-finals took place for Youth B athletes, and Junior men participated in the Lead semi-final.

Japan’s Haruki Uemura (17) came out on top in the men’s Youth A Lead qualification, climbing to 35+ on route one and 36+ on the second route. After earning a silver medal in Lead at the 2019 IFSC Youth World Championships, could the Japanese athlete be on track for another podium position in Voronezh? Heading into the semi-final in second place is Great Britain’s Toby Roberts (16), and on home soil Russia’s Vladislav Shunevich (17) placed third in the opening round.

Uemura’s teammate took the top ranking in the men’s Youth B Boulder semi-final. Sorato Anraku (14), who won the gold medal in the men’s Youth B Lead competition earlier this week, earned a place in Saturday’s Boulder final with four tops and four zones. Anraku’s Youth B Lead podium mate – Hugo Hoyer (14) of the USA – placed second in the semi-final, with four tops and four zones but using more attempts than the Japanese athlete. The USA’s Dillon Countryman (15), who completed the Youth B Lead podium, also bagged a spot in the Boulder final, closing Saturday’s line-up in sixth place.

Athletes through to the Youth B men’s Boulder final are:

  • Sorato Anraku (JPN)
  • Hugo Hoyer (USA)
  • Nikolay Rusev (BUL)
  • Rhys Conlon (GBR)
  • Augustine CHI (USA)
  • Dillon Countryman (USA)

In the women’s Youth B Boulder semi-final, silver medallist of the Youth B Lead competition Meije Lerondel (14) of France ranked first with four tops and four zones. Lead gold medallist Anastasia Sanders (14) earned a spot in the final with third place, closing the round behind France’s Lily Abriat (14), each taking three tops and four zones. Austria’s Sina Willy (14) also achieved three tops and four zones, placing fourth due to a higher number of attempts used.

Through to the Youth B women’s Boulder final are:

  • Meije Lerondel (FRA)
  • Lily Abriat (FRA)
  • Anastasia Sanders (USA)
  • Sina Willy (AUT)
  • Martina Buršíková (SVK)
  • Lucy Garlick (GBR)

After taking the win in the men’s Junior Boulder final earlier this week, Great Britain’s Hamish McArthur (19) placed first in the men’s Junior Lead semi-final with 38+. Rei Kawamata (18) of Japan and France’s Paul Jenft (18), who took silver and bronze in the Boulder competition behind McArthur with gold, placed second and third respectively. The trio will therefore progress to tomorrow’s Lead final.

The full line-up competing in tomorrow’s Junior men’s Lead final is as follows:

  • Hamish McArthur (GBR)
  • Rei Kawamata (JPN)
  • Paul Jenft (FRA)
  • Ties Vancraeynest (BEL)
  • Semen Ovchinnikov (RUS)
  • Diego Fourbet (FRA)
  • Jakub Zietek (POL)
  • Johannes Hofherr (AUT)

The 2021 IFSC Youth World Championships continue tomorrow with the Youth A men’s Lead semi-final, Boulder qualifications for Youth A and Junior women, and the men’s Junior Lead final.

View the full Youth A men’s Lead qualification results here.

View the full Youth B men’s Boulder semi-final results here.

View the full Youth B women’s Boulder semi-final results here.

View the full Junior men’s Lead semi-final results here.

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