Women’s Lead Qualifers, Arco World Championship, end with DiGiulian in Semis
Jul 20th 2011
The women’s lead qualifying round has just finished, July 20, at the Arco World Championships. The 26 top competitors are moving on to the semifinals, which will take place on July 22, with finals later the same day. Sasha DiGiulian will be the sole American in women's semifinals.
This morning, 78 female athletes were separated into two fields, group A and group B, by seeding so that the best-ranked climbers were split equally. The competitors had to climb two routes and the top 13 from each group moved onto the semifinals. The qualifiers used a flash-format where the athletes were able to watch each other climb.
At the end of the event, the top athletes from group A were Johanna Ernst (AUT), Jain Kim (KOR) and Magdalena Rock (AUT). All three topped out on both of the routes. In group B, the top athletes were Angela Eiter (AUT), Yana Chereshneva (RUS) and Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA). Eiter was the only athlete in group B to complete both routes.
DiGiulian placed sixth in her group in today’s qualifying round. DiGiulian has been climbing hard in Arco, having reached the finals of the bouldering event to place a superb second there. The other qualifier results were Dana Riddle placing 39, Emily Harrington in 43, Delaney Miller in 46, Alex Johnson in 51, and Michaela Kiersch in 53.
Ernst won the lead climbing World Cup in 2009, and in 2010, the year she turned 18, she placed second at the European Championship in Austria. Her teammate Eiter won the Arco Rock Master in 2007 and placed third in the 2010 World Cup. With both of these athletes at the top of their groups, an inter-team rivalry will be a focus at the final on Friday.
The 2010 overall champion in World Cup lead climbing was Jain Kim (KOR), with Mina Markovic (SLO) in second. Kim qualified for the semifinals at the top of her group while Markovic qualified in 10th in group B.
The men’s lead qualifying round will take place tomorrow, July 21. The U.S. men who will be competing are: Carlo Traversi, Matty Hong, Alex Johnson, Shane Puccio, Owen Graham, Josh Levin and Ben Spannuth.
A live video stream will appear on http://ifsc.tv/