World Champion Schubert ahead | Results Qualifications Lead Men

Four-time world champion Jakob Schubert wins the lead qualification. Also at the front: the two youngsters Sorato Anraku and Sam Avezou, who already excelled in bouldering. Switzerland is represented with three athletes in the semifinals.

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Jakob Schubert achieves the best result in the lead qualification with a 41+ and a 32+ and moves into the semi-finals at the Sport Climbing World Championships. The 16-year-old Japanese qualified directly behind him Sorato Anraku and the young Frenchman Sam Avezou. Both had already shown their form in the Boulder qualification.

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Schubert said the first route didn't feel as good as he had hoped. “On the first route you want one thing above all: controlled climbing and a good start. However, it felt pretty uncontrolled and I really had to fight to perform well." Luckily it was good enough.

I'm still nervous, it's part of the competition. It's the World Cup, the stakes are high and the nervousness never quite goes away. But it's also important because it helps you perform and do well.

Jakob Schubert
Delivered in the lead qualification at the Sport Climbing World Championships in Bern: Jakob Schubert. Image: Lena Drapella
Delivered in the lead qualification at the Sport Climbing World Championships in Bern: Jakob Schubert. Image: Lena Drapella

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Three Swiss in the semifinals

The Swiss lead specialist qualified fourth Sascha Lehmann for the semifinals. And he's not the only one from the Swiss team to do that in front of a home crowd. With Nino Gruenenfelder in 11th place and Jonas Utelli in 19th place are two other teammates in the next round.

Showed a great performance in the lead qualification at the home world championship: Nino Grünenfelder, Sascha Lehmann and Jonas Utelli. Source: Swissclimbingteam
Showed a great performance in the lead qualification at the home world championship: Nino Grünenfelder, Sascha Lehmann and Jonas Utelli. Source: Swissclimbingteam

The German tag team also has positions 9 and 13 Yannick Flohe and Alex Megos delivered and in addition to bouldering now also in the lead the semi-final starting place for sure.

Adam Ondra continues as 7th

Compared to the Boulder qualification, things went well Adam Ondra significantly better for lead climbing. The Czech finished the qualifying round in 7th place. He felt pretty good, but also made a few mistakes, the veteran summed up after his performance.

Adam Ondra in the lead during the qualifying round. Image: Jan Virt
Adam Ondra in the lead during the qualifying round. Image: Jan Virt

I could have climbed a bit higher but I think the way it is now I have a good position for the semifinals.

Adam Ondra

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Strong starting field in the semifinals

In addition to Ondra, other athletes have also fulfilled their duty and survived the qualifying round in lead climbing. For example, the Olympic champion Alberto Ginés López, the two Americans Jesse Grupper and Colin Duffy or the Japanese Yoshiyuki Ogata and Tomoa Narasaki.

Tomoa Narasaki moves into the semi-finals in lead climbing as 19th. Image: Lena Drapella
Tomoa Narasaki moves into the semi-finals in lead climbing as 19th. Image: Lena Drapella

Sport Climbing World Cup: The semi-finalists in the lead

RankFirst NameNameCountryqualification
1SORATOANRAKUJPN2
1SAMAVEZOUFRA2
1JACOBSCHUBERTTUE1
4SASHALEHMANNSUI2.24
5JESSGROUPERUSA3.35
5IT WOULDROBERTSGBR2.83
7ADAMONDRACZE3.16
7YUNCHANSONGKOR4.97
9YANNICKFLEAGER5.98
9ALBERTOGINES LOPEZESP5.48
11NINOGREEN FIELDSSUI7.25
11AOYURIKUSAJPN6.71
13SEANMCCOLLCAN8.06
13ALEXANDERMegoGER7.35
15COLLINDUFFYUSA8.25
15PAULJENFTFRA10.06
17YOSHIYUKIOgataJPN8.46
17MEJDISCHALCKFRA10.1
19TOMOANarasakiJPN9.67
19JONASUTELLISUI10.68
21SEANBALEYUSA11
21FILIPGIFTITA10.58
23STEFANOGHISOLFIITA11.73
23MARTINSTRANIKCZE11.48
25MARCELLOBOMBARDIITA12.85
25DOHYUNREADKOR11.62
25YUFEIPANCHN11.62

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