GRUPPER AND TANII TAKE FIRST PLACE IN LEAD SEMI-FINALS
The fourth Lead competition of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup Series 2022 kicked off today in Briançon, France. Following this morning’s qualification rounds, 26 men and 26 women competed in semi-finals this evening, with the USA’s Jesse Grupper and Japan’s Tanii Natsuki heading into tomorrow’s finals in first position.
In the men’s semi-final, Grupper and Luka Potocar, of Slovenia, were the only athletes to secure a top and as such, the pair progress to the final in a respective first and second place. After taking two Lead World Cup medals so far this season, Japan’s Homma Taisei also placed himself in good stead ahead of tomorrow’s final, concluding the semi-final in third position with a score of 44.
Team Germany took the next two spots in the final, with Olympian Alexander Megos placing fourth and his teammate, Yannick Flohé, finishing in fifth. Olympian Colin Duffy, of the USA, placed sixth, followed by Italy’s Filip Schenk in seventh, while Great Britain’s Hamish McArthur and Japan’s Ogata Yoshiyuki finished in joint eighth. The six climbers all completed the semi-final with a score of 41+ and thus, were ranked based on their score from the qualification round earlier today.
For the full men’s Lead semi-final result click here.
Jesse Grupper of the USA competes in the men's Lead semi-final at the IFSC World Cup in Briançon, France
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC
With a score of 43+, Japan’s Tanii Natsuki achieved first place in the women’s semi-final. The Japanese athlete was followed closely by Olympians Janja Garnbret, of Slovenia, and Seo Chaehyun, of South Korea, who took a respective second and third place with scores of 43 and 42+.
Italian Olympian Laura Rogora – who bagged her first IFSC World Cup gold medal in Briançon just two years ago – reached 39+ this evening, taking fourth position and obtaining a place in tomorrow’s final. Matching Rogora’s score, the USA’s Natalia Grossman finished the semi-final in fifth place, due to ranking lower than Rogora in the qualification round. Grossman’s teammate – Olympian Brooke Raboutou – took sixth place with 38+, while Slovenian Vita Lukan placed seventh with the same score. Japan’s Nakagawa Ryu completes the women’s final line-up, having placed eighth this evening with a score of 35+.
For the full women’s Lead semi-final result click here.
Tanii Natsuki of Japan competes in the women's Lead semi-final at the IFSC World Cup in Briançon, France
Photo: Lena Drapella/IFSC
The IFSC Lead World Cup Briançon 2022 will conclude tomorrow, with Lead finals taking place from 8:00 PM (UTC+2:00). News and updates on the event will be available on the IFSC website and on the Federation's social media profiles: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.