Rab CWIF: Day 1 Qualifying Round-up

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Day 1 of The Rab CWIF is over and the results are in. Who topped the qualifying groups and - more importantly - who had the best fancy dress costume? 

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Team WAD
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The day was split into three separate sessions with 30 problems to complete, which proved to be a particularly technical set of climbs. The Wild Country jamming crack problem wasn't well received by all competitors, but Pete Whittaker gave a textbook jamming demonstration and even IFSC circuit regular Rustam Gelmanov got 'stuck in'...

Jongwon Chon of South Korea - IFSC Boulder World Cup Champion in 2015 - got off to a promising start in his CWIF debut by completing all 30 problems and leads the men's field going into semis tomorrow ahead of GB's Aidan Roberts, who put in a stellar performance today to qualify in 2nd place. Some notable WADS through to the semis include Sean McColl, Alex Megos, Jernej Kruder, Rustam Gelmanov, Manu Cornu and Gabi Moroni. Brits have a strong semi-final presence with Dave Barrans, Nathan Phillips, Billy Ridal, Ned Feehally, Matt Cousins, Aidan Roberts, Jim Pope and Ty Landman all through. Some big names surprisingly missed the qualifying cut, including Dutch all-rounder Jorg Verhoeven and US bouldering star, Jimmy Webb.

In the women's round, 2016 Boulder World Champion Petra Klingler of Switzerland took the top spot in qualifiers, closely followed by Team GB's Michaela Tracy and Germany's former World Champion, Jule Wurm. Mélissa le Nevé of France was also looking strong after climbing her first 8B+ in Fontainebleau earlier in the week. Joining Michaela in the semis tomorrow are fellow Brits Leah Crane, Tara Hayes, Hannah Slaney, Emily Phillips, Jen Wood, Hannah Donnelly and Victoria Waterson. In the absence of 5-time winner Shauna Coxsey - who has chosen to maximise recovery ahead of the IFSC World Cup circuit - which female competitor will be crowned CWIF Champion 2017?

The Semis and the Finals will be livestreamed on Sunday 19th March (at noon & 18:10 respectively) on The Climbing Works' YouTube channel and on The Climbing Works Facebook page, or tune in on this page below:

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19 Mar, 2017
It'll be interesting to see how the change to the comp wall affects the order today. I thought Jan Hojer did pretty well considering so much of the qualifiers was techy vert climbing that's not really his strong point. The comp wall might suit him better, though there's usually a slab on there too. Brilliant effort by Aidan Roberts coming second in such a strong field - the strongest field the Works has ever had they said. The women's field looks very competitive too. Be interesting to see what happens there.
19 Mar, 2017
That crack problem looked great. I wish more walls set cracks.
19 Mar, 2017
Yeah they always seem to set a jamming problem or two - as if to say welcome to Britain. All the first round problems were graded from A (the easiest) to Z. The jamming crack got an appropriate rating of simply A - Z. Alex Megos did it footless with some jamming gloves on after the comp.
19 Mar, 2017
Yeah, because no one outside of the UK knows how to jam, right? Hahaha, stupid continentals, all they do is sport climb and jump around in lycra. Now where are my hexes? Edit: And don't even get me started on those North Americans - those punters wouldn't know crack climbing if it squa(mi)shed them.
19 Mar, 2017
If we wanted an intro to British climbing I think we should have gone for a techy slab with a hosepipe at the top. ;) Really impressive that megos campused it.
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