Japan’s Fujii Kokoro tops semifinal qualifiers

The Japanese player topped the men’s semifinal qualifiers at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre. He had five attempts for the top and earned five bonus points to top the men's table (5t5, 5b5).

A woman climber in action at the IFSC Climbing World Cup in India.   -  Yogesh Mhatre

Japan’s Fujii Kokoro, 2016 World Cup winner, lived up to his reputation of being the one of favourite to win the men's title at the sixth edition of International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup. Fancied Shauna Coxsey of Great Britain topped the women semifinal qualifiers.

The Japanese player topped the men’s semifinal qualifiers at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre. He had five attempts for the top and earned five bonus points to top the men's table (5t5, 5b5). Shauna managed four attempts to the top and earned five bonus points (4t5, 5b5) in women’s.

The final rounds of the two-day World Cup will be held on Sunday. The competition is conducted by Girivihar Mountaineering Club for Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The World Cup 2017 is supported by Tata Trusts and Bajaj Electricals.

Fuji Kokoro is followed by Russia’s Dmitri Sharaftudinov and Japan’s Tomba Narasaki in the next two qualifying places in men. Shauna Coxsey is followed by Katja Kadic (Slovakia) and Miho Nonaka (Japan) in the second and third spots at the end of qualifiers.

About 21 men and 20 women climbers have made the grade for the morning semifinals, followed by the finals in the evening. Sport Climbing is governed by the International Federation of Sport Climbing, having 86 affiliate member federations.