Day one of the World Cup saw the qualifying rounds for men and women.
From the men’s category, the following athletes have made it to the semi-final:
Kokoro Fujii (Japan), Dmitrii Shrafutdinov (Russia), Tomoa Narasaki (Japan), Aleksei Rubtsov (Russia), Jan Hojer (Germany), Yoshiyuki Ogata (Japan), Meichi Narasaki (Japan), Jakob Schubert (Austria), Gholamali Bharatzadeh (Iran), Simon Unger (Germany), Jongwon Chon (Korea), Jernej Kruder (Slovenia), David Firnenburg Germany), Tsukuru Hori (Japan), Anze Peharc (Slovenia), Gregor Vezonik (Slovenia), Rei Sugimoto (Japan), Vadim Timonov (Russia), William Ridal (Great Britain) and Keita Watabe (Japan).
From the women’s category, the following athletes made it to the semi-final:
Shauna Coxsey (Great Britain), Katja Kadic (Slovenia), Miho Nonaka (Japan), Akiyo Noguchi (Japan), Ekatirina Kipriianova (Russia), Mei Kotake (Japan), Sol Sa (Korea), Monika Retschy (Germany), Michaela Tracy (Great Britain), Berit Schwaiger (Austria), Johanna Farber (Austria), Petra Klingler (Switzerland), Aya Onoe (Japan), Elnaz Rekabi (Iran), Alma Bestvater (Germany), Alannah Yip (Canada), Leah Crane (Great Britain), Hung Ying Lee (Taiwan), Julija Kruder (Slovenia) and Chloe Caulier (Belgium).
As in 2016, no Indian athlete made it to the semi-final.
The semi-finals will be held Sunday (June 25) morning and the finals, that evening.
This is the second time the World Cup in Bouldering is being held in Navi Mumbai. Last time – in May 2016 – Kokoro Fujii and Miho Nonaka had triumphed in the men’s and women’s categories respectively. The event held under the aegis of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is organized by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) and Girivihar, Mumbai’s oldest mountaineering club.
Please scroll down for photos from day one of the World Cup. Featured are photos from the qualifying rounds for men and women.
(Text and photos by Shyam G Menon. He is a freelance journalist based in Mumbai.)