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?
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?
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