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Four American Women Advance To Semifinals; Janja Garnbret Is Still the Queen

Unsurprisingly, Janja Garnbret topped all five boulders to steal the round. And America's team had a good showing as well.

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Slovenia’s Janja Garnbret sits in first-place after the conclusion of the women’s qualification round at this weekend’s Bouldering World Cup in Salt Lake City. Garnbret, who did not participate in last weekend’s Bouldering World Cup, set a dominant tone early; she was the first woman on the roster to climb and quickly flashed the first qualification boulder—a crowd-pleasing step-up into a dual-textured undercling. 

By the round’s end, Garnbret had topped all five boulders, but so had Japan’s Miho Nonaka, the United States’ Natalia Grossman, and Japan’s Futaba Ito—who finished in second, third, and fourth place, respectively. 

In addition to Grossman, several other Americans had solid rounds. Brooke Raboutou topped four of the five boulders to finish tied for eight place, and her American compatriot (and fellow Olympic qualifier) Kyra Condie finished in 10th. 16-year-oldKylie Cullen who qualified for semifinals in last weekend’s SLC World Cup, rocketed to 15th place with tops of the last two boulders. 

It was a competitive round, with some stars like Americans Maya Madere, Sienna Kopf, and Megan Lynch, as well as Canada’s Allison Vest, climbing well but missing the top 20 cutoff for advancement to tomorrow’s semifinals. 

What to watch for tomorrow: France’s Oriane Bertone started slow at last weekend’s Bouldering World Cup, but ultimately vaulted from 18th place in the qualification round to earn a silver medal. She might be establishing a similar template this weekend; she finished this weekend’s qualification round in 17th…high enough in the standings to eke into semifinals. Bertone is absolutely a force of nature and will likely do big things in tomorrow’s round. She is also one of the crowd favorites, so expect loud cheers and a lot of excitement whenever she is on the wall. 

 

Check back tomorrow for news and results. And follow us on social media @gymclimber

Results

1. Janja Garnbret (SLO)”
2. Miho Nonaka (JPN)
3. Natalia Grossman (USA)
4. Futaba Ito (JPN)
5. Akiyo Noguchi (JPN)
6. Camilla Moroni (ITA)
7. Fanny Gibert (FRA)
8. Brooke Raboutou (USA)
8. Ryu Nakagawa (JPN)
10.. Kyra Condie (USA)
11. Stasa Gejo (SRB)
12. Katja Debevec (SLO)
12. Afra Honig (GER)
14. Petra Klingler (SUI)
15. Kyle Cullen (USA)
16. Vita Lukan (SLO)
17. Oriane Bertone (FRA)
18. Hannah Meul (GER)
19. Mao Nakamura (JPN)
20. Franziska Sterrer (AUT)

Image by Daniel Gajda