World Cup
Salt Lake City

The IFSC Paraclimbing World Cup Series 2024 kicked off in Salt Lake City, USA, as the first of three events this year began at the Momentum Millcreek gym in the state of Utah.

From the 129 climbers from 20 nations, qualifications whittled down the chosen few who will compete in tomorrow’s final for the 14 Paraclimbing sport classes.

Men’s B1

Aita Sho is once again the one to beat in the men’s B1. Aita was the only climber to top both routes and with it sits in first place. With a top and a hold 56 route, Spain’s Francisco Javier Aguilar Amoedo is second with Romania’s Razvan Nedu the third and final climber in the B1 final tomorrow.

Men’s B3

There will be four nations represented in the final of the men’s B3 tomorrow when Japan’s Hamanoue Fumiya, Spain’s Guillermo Pelegrin Gomez, USA’s Andrew Martinez and Canada’s Chaz Misuraca go against each other for the medals. Hamanoue currently is the one with the advantage going through infirst with the help of a topped route.

Women’s B3

A topped route helped Seneida Biendarra from the USA also top the women’s B3 overall standings. Biendarra was the only climber to top a route and progresses in first ahead of teammate Phoebe Barkan in second, Romania’s Ionela Dragan in third and Germany’s Ivon Lawerenz in fourth.

Men’s AL1

Two out of the four climbers in the men’s AL1 final tomorrow represent Austria. Angelino Zeller in first and Markus Posendorfer in joint second will be up against USA’s Tanner Cislaw who shares second and fourth placed Hatakeyama Naohisa of Japan.

Men’s AL2

USA’s Ethan Zilz moves through to the final in first place and is the only climber in the men’s AL2 with a topped route. Italy’s David Kammerer is through in second, and enjoyed the qualification routes: “The routesetting was amazing. One steep route, very powerful with a jump at the end, I loved that one. The slab was also very nice. A nice set with cool moves where I had to think and be very technical and precise.”

With a night to reflect on his performance before trying to equal or better his current position, Kammerer said: “Now I’m going to relax and clam down and tomorrow I try to give my best, be more precise, look at the route more carefully and just try to power through.”

Gavin Nix is the second USA climber into the final and is through in third, with teammate Nathan Payne joining in sixth. Japan’s Yuki Shuhei and Germany’s Nicholas Perreth are the other finalists.

Women’s AL2

The only climber to top a route in the women’s AL2 was France’s Lucie Jarrige. Not satisfied with one, the French climber actually topped both for her first-place position. Australia’s Sarah Larcombe was next best in second with two USA climbers hot on her heels. Morgan Loomis and Cail Soria are the American climbers hoping to upset their rivals in the final tomorrow.

Men’s AU2

It’s Germany vs the USA in the men’s AU2 final, with the odds in the home nations favour with two of the three climbers from the USA. Kevin Bartke of Germany progressed in first and will need to hold off Brian Zarzuela and Trevor Smith if he is to keep the golden spot.

Women’s AU2

Solenne Piret continued her form in the women’s AU2 moving through to the final in first ahead of second placed Lucia Capovilla of Italy. There’s ore home interest in the final with Eleanor Rubin and Isabel Benvenuti also progressing form the eight competitors.

Men’s AU3

The men’s AU3 podium names are set with three through to the final tomorrow, now it’s done to which climber takes which step. In joint first are Romania’s Liviu – Nicolae Matei and Switzerland’s Dominic Geisseler, who was the only one to top a route. Through in third is Canada’s Shamus Boulianne.

Men’s RP1

Four nations will contest the men’s RP1 with joint first place climbers, France’s Alois Pottier and Germany’s Korbinian Franck, going up against third placed Okada Takuya from Japan and Glen Todd from Australia. The four moved through the qualification of 14 climbers.

Men’s RP2

All four of the men’s RP2 finalists moved through qualification with a top under their belt. In first position though, Spain’s Ivan Munoz Escolar boasted two. Those other route toppers are USA’s Benjamin Mayforth, Germany’s Phillip Hrozek and India’s Manikandan Kumar.

Women’s RP2

Austria’s Jasmin Plank leads the way in the women’s RP2 even though she was a doubt to even compete: “My climbing went very well. I’ve been injured for about four weeks, and I wasn’t sure if I could climb here, but I’m so happy that I came and climbed.

“The routes were amazing. I loved to climb the first route as it was a really technical route, and I could show what I can do. The second was a little bit bumpy, but both were amazing to climb.”

Up against the Austrian will be Norway’s Dina Eivik and the two home climbers, Emily Seelenfreund and Melissa Ruiz who progressed from 13 climbers who were combined from three sport classes – RP1, RP2 and AL1.

Men’s RP3

Japan’s Takano Tadashi two top qualification means he is the one to beat in the men’s RP3. Luke Smith of Great Britain is behind in second, and ahead of third placed Igor Jean Silva Mesquita of Brazil and Frantisek Rys of the Czech Republic in fourth.

Women’s RP3

There are four through to the women’s RP3 final with two chances for a home medal high with two of those from the USA. Nat Vorel is joint first with Brazil’s Marina Dias and Laura Heaton is third. The fourth and final climber is Slovenia’s Manca Smrekar.

Full results can be found at https://ifsc.results.info/#/event/1388/

The finals begin at 12:00 local time tomorrow (Wednesday 8 May) and will be broadcast live on the IFSC YouTube Channel.

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