After a quick rest day, the IFSC World Championships continued in Innsbruck today with the start of Bouldering and Paraclimbing qualification rounds.
The women's boulders challenged in the first half of the day, and many of the world's strongest athletes topped only one or two problems. 2nd in Lead, Janja Garnbret (SLO) continued to excel on the mats, the sole woman to top all five problems in her qualification group. Reigning Bouldering world champion Petra Klingler (SUI) was also among the 20 athletes advancing to semi-finals and topped two problems, like Lead winner Jessica Pilz of Austria. Japanese standouts Akiyo Noguchi and 2018 season champion Miho Nonaka will join them in bidding for finals on Friday.
In the evening, top athletes in 7 of the 12 Paraclimbing categories qualified for finals. RP competitors Hannah Baldwin (GBR), Alessio Cornamusini (ITA), Behnam Khalaji (IRI), and France's Marlene Prat and 2016 world champion Romain Pagnoux completed perfect double tops. Fellow French teammate and reigning world champion Lucie Jarrige also topped her category (AL-2), as well as Solenne Piret of France and Aika Yoshida (JPN).